Thursday, December 30, 2010

Writing Goals for the New Year

Is everybody making their art or business goals for 2011?

I have been working on it!

I went back and looked at my goals for 2010. At the end of last year, I had read an article about making goals. It mentioned making really specific goals (with an idea of how to get there) - like not just "making more money", but naming a specific number and saying how you plan to get there (specific marketing plans, etc.). At the end of last year, I was just starting to paint again after a hiatus of more than 10 years. I set a bunch of very specific goals - none of them were outrageous - in general they were pretty conservative, but still some of them involved things a little outside of my comfort zone.

Now that I have had a chance to go back and look, I am very pleased to report that I achieved every single one of them! 2010 was a big year for me.....getting back into making art on a regular basis, setting up shops, websites, blogs, etc on the internet and starting to learn how to promote myself. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far!

For 2011? I am setting goals that are still very specific but a little more aggressive. I am hoping to push myself a bit farther this year. I hope 2011 is a big year of growth for me - both as an artist and as a promoter of my own work. I will share some of my goals in future posts.

Is anyone else making their plans for the new year??

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Another new piece....SOLD

Another new ACEO toaday. My goal is to try to finish two more by the end of the week. Think I will make it? Then I have a still life painting on gessobord that I would really like to get back to. In the meanwhile......"Yellow Lily"
Garden Series
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
acrylic on watercolor paper

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Playing with Toys - SOLD

I've been working on a few new ACEOs - hoping to take some new pieces over to the Art Cafe after the first of the year. Here is one of the new ones - I think I may be spending too much time with the kids' toys!
"Sunday Drive"
2-1/2 x 3-1/2"
acrylic on watercolor paper

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Okay, I'm a day late...but I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Check out this wonderful holiday treasury...these clickable widgets are too cool!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Nice Surprise!

I got my entries back from The Renaissance Gallery's 10th Annual Miniature Exhibition and discovered that this little guy won the Villers/Villers/Whitley Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Purchase Award! What a nice surprise - I am so excited!

"Two Sisters"
3 x 3"
acrylic on canvas

This same painting was accepted for 2011 Calendar. I got my copy of the calendar the other day - unfortunately the printing is a little dark, but you can see my work on April 12th if you happen to get the calendar!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Evil Nutcracker - SOLD

I think I have been working on too much Christmas stuff! (Or else this guy has had a little too much eggnog.....)

"Evil Nutcracker"
3 x 3 inches
acrylic on canvas

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Poinsettia - SOLD

Here is the larger poinsettia. I am enjoying the working on the texture of the leaves on the super-smooth gessobord. Canvas suddenly seems so, well, textured!

4 x 4"
acrylic on gessobord

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

More Holiday Art......

I've been doing all sorts of holiday-themed ACEOs....for sale on Etsy, ArtFire, West Village Provisions and for the Holiday Barn Treasures!! Here are two more:

Christmas Poinsettia
2-1/2 x 3-1/2" (ACEO)
acrylic on #140 watercolor paper
on exhibit

The holly one is currently on exhibit at Barn Treasures (this week!! Thursday, December 9th - Sunday, December 12th at 21 Andersen Drive, Boxford). The poinsettia is in my Etsy Shop.

I am working on a slightly larger poinsettia painting. Then I MIGHT be done with holiday paintings??!! Or maybe not - I seem to have a few more ideas floating around in my head! I just know I need to get back to the canvas.....