New Year 2018

(This is late, it’s the middle of March, I know that, but it’s SPRING now okay so there are no rules, including rules about comma splices!)

Here we are again at the start of a new year. It happens every year, but it always feels special.

First, I want to reflect on 2017’s goals. Hosting an art show hasn’t happened…yet. Pitching a picture book went about how I expected — the silent treatment. Didn’t stop me from printing off some paperbacks myself and sharing them with the world! The one goal I blew out of the water was finishing a polished piece of artwork for every month. I used streak.club to form the habit as well as to look back on and recognize my progress (which I’ve always struggled with).

Having practiced month-long processes for a year, I’m ready to take on a bigger project this year. I don’t want to say too much just yet, but I’m just crazy about this idea and hope to keep you updated.

I’ve fallen off (yet again) in posting to social media. I have been drawing, though, and not even anything very secret or un-sharable, I just haven’t been showing anybody anything. Maybe it’s important to do that sometimes? I don’t know. It’s just what I tend do — fall off the map intermittently.

Goals for this year: Finish a major project. One goal. Gotta do it. Very excited.

Happy 2018, everyone! (and happy Spring!)

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Goals for 2017

First, I want to thank all of you for filling 2016 with good times and laughs. Now it’s on to another 365 days of messy mistakes and minor successes!

I want to have goals for 2017, but I like to keep my goals flexible. I never want to get tunnel vision while I’m working toward them.

1. Host an Art Show

I had so much fun with the Spooky Show last October, I’d love to organize something like that — a show hosted by artists for artists!

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2. Pitch a Picture Book to a Publisher

Last year I joined SCBWI and attended the Summer Conference in LA. I learned so much about the publishing world, and while I’m sure there’s oceans more to learn, I want to jump in! What’s the worst that could happen?

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3. Make at Least One Polished Piece of Art Every Month

This one sounds super do-able NOW, but I know once I get swamped with projects and life’s odds and ends it’s going to be a real challenge. It’s easy to draw every day, but it’s not so easy to commit to a sketch and give it a nice finish.

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So how’s that for a start? At the tail-end of last year, I discovered the super lame¹ magic of planners/calendars, so I’ve recently been making monthly or weekly “resolutions” which have increased my motivation and productivity by a factor of at least nine.

Best of luck to everyone in this fresh new year! Let’s all have a happy orbit.

 

¹ This is in no way meant to disparage the noble world of planners and planning, but I think we all know it’s a bit frivolous.