Hello and Happy Friday!
I spent most of this past week thinking about what to do next. Not that I was out of ideas, but other than the constant of painting, I haven’t outlined a clear path forward. Until this summer, I hadn’t thought ahead much when it came to my career. Do you ever get caught up in the task at hand and forget to plan your next move? I do. Or maybe the more honest answer is that I procrastinate. Writing proposals and applying for exhibitions is hard work. Painting doesn’t feel like work. See the problem?
After much contemplation over another collage project (Flipping through magazines and cutting out paper is surprisingly therapeutic!), I made two lists of goals.
Short-term: Get down to business
- Come up with a clear objective for my next solo exhibition
- Write and submit a proposal
- Connect with more creatives and clients
- Share more about my work and tell the story behind my art
- Be brave and send my art out into the world
- Create without paint more frequently
- Take unfinished/unresolved paintings and give them new life.
- Continue connecting and sharing
- Seek out opportunity
These feel solid and have me looking forward to Monday.
First up for next week: Back to the drawing board.
Time to break out the pencils and generate a series of line drawings for my proposal. Thanks to all the mini glacier paintings I've done this summer I have a good start but I want to incorporate mountain and river pieces. I feel like those three have a story to tell about what shapes Alaska and how we interact with the landscape.
On top of that I want to finish up the collage I started. This last week I realized my approach to collage isn’t about looking for specific images or objects. I look for color. I’ve been collecting scraps of color for the last two years and didn’t even notice until I went looking for specific swatches for my latest piece. Maybe that's why I brainstorm so well while doing collage. I approach it the same way I do my paintings with spaces clearly defined by color and value.
Also, I want to connect with all of you more. Let me know what art and creativity mean to you and what you would like to see more of on my website. I love learning more about you and why you are visiting my page.
Now its time to go enjoy the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!