My favorite holiday of the year is New Year's -- most particularly New Year's Eve. In my mind New Year's Eve is a magical day in which new personal goals, hopes and dreams for the upcoming year are created; and mistakes, regrets, negative feelings and thoughts that occurred during the past year are forgiven, forgotten, and put aside forever.
In 2009 I managed to pare down my hours at the development firm to part time and have committed to living a more artful life. Obviously this has had a bit of a financial impact on my in-bound cash flow situation but I'm fortunate to have ample reserves and have decided it's now or never. Besides--the phrase "starving artist" is NOT in my vocabulary. Nor is it an option!
One of my many 2010 goals is to create and implement a marketing plan for my gallery and art. I'll be reworking my website; beginning a regular newsletter; participating in more art competitions and shows; teaching classes (glass, lampworking; upcycled art and collage); consciously creating a web presence (this blog; ETSY; EBay: Artfire; etc.) and doing more networking with fellow artists. I'm also spending more time creating -- both at the gallery downtown and in my glass studio.
A concept I was considering was painting 100 paintings in 100 days for $100 -- I have already purchased 2 cases of 12" x 12" canvases and have started working on some sketches. Being the commitment-phobe that I am I have doubts that I can handle the pressure of creating 100 works in 100 days but rest assured -- there will be 100 new paintings for $100 in 2010!
Baby steps.....I have to remember to take baby steps.
Happy New Year's!!