New year, new challenges. Every year my husband and I put together a list goals for the upcoming year. Resolutions? Not really. Just putting something in the cross hairs so we don't fly aimlessly through the year. A path but certainly not a concrete path. A little direction I suppose.
My challenges for this year strangely resemble last years challenges to the effect of: time in the studio, blog posts.. blah, blah, blah. This year I added a few cheat notes that I read on the Oil Painters of America Blog . Here is a list from that post (Technically, this is a subcategory of "The First of Three Elements of One Artist Goal Plan". Also, I hope I'm not infringing any copyrights by listing them here) Please see the link above for expanded info and full blog post. It's quite interesting.
- Get better
- Painting from life and on location
- Seeing better as an artist
- Continue developing a critical eye
- Expanding my boundaries.
Vague or not it provided me with some sound, encouraging direction for my 2014 painting year. And he (Roger Dale Brown, OPA) provides us with a little insight as to what each subcategory looks like.
I particularly like the quote he added with which coincides nicely with my yearly goal of time management. I pasted it below:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
- Calvin Coolidge
So, persistence will be a subcategory for my 2014 goal plan under "time in the studio". In fact, I may just print off a copy of this quote and put it next to my easel.