Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Planning For 2011

Maine Coon in graphite, 2.5 x 3.5 inches
It has taken me almost 9 months to feel comfortable with having retired from my day job. For the first few months I felt terribly unsettled which impacted on my art. Even though I now had more time I simply couldn't focus. My blog suffered as my posting became less regular and the finished paintings became fewer as when I reached the half way point I put them to one side and started something else.
I had a couple of occasions when I posted my feelings and thought I was ready to move on, well I wasn't, I soon returned to feeling unsettled.

But at last I have settled in to my new normal and having been planning to really concentrate on my art in 2011. I have made a start in the following areas:-

  • Over the last few weeks I have completed a number of small works on a regular basis, making myself finish what I've started. Initially I found it easier to finish something that I could complete in a couple of days.All of these have been sold thanks to my loyal following of international collectors.
  • I have collected a body of reference material ready to include in a series instruction booklets I plan to release throughout 2011 on drawing animals in coloured pencil.
  • I have decided which shows I am going to apply to attend as an exhibitor in 2011, with scope for additions.
  • I have made a rough plan of how I will break my time up on a daily basis.

I will discuss each of these aims in further posts together with an overall plan for 2011.

On a different note Katherine Tyrrell has published her selected artwork for her Making A Mark Awards 2010. I'm delighted to announce that she has picked 'The Right Side' as one of the entries in the 'Best Portrayal in Nature' category. If you want to vote (all the entries are well deserving of votes) the link is below:-

Making a Mark: Vote for the best artwork on an art blog in 2010.


Diana Marshall said...

Beautiful drawing,the expression is wonderful and the fur looks so thick and soft, perfection.
How lovely to be retired so that you can devote all your time to creating art, enjoy!

Gillian McMurray said...

I had similar problems over the last two years though I'm nowhere near retirement age. However, the worldwide financial crisis led to my sales plummeting and it really knocked me off my feet. Like you, I tried to refocus and do things that would help me reorganise, did a painting a week for the whole year (well, most of the year) and read up on advertising and business practices. I think it's all you can do when you are faced with uncertainty. All the best for the coming year though :o)

Sandy said...

I LOVE your art. Beautifully done.

Sandy said...

I LOVE your art. Beautifully done.

Fay Akers said...

List always help me too. Glad your getting back in the groove. Love the new cat. My Missy kitty looks a lot like that.
Happy New Year to you