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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

May Goal Update and NEWS!


Mayapple from an old art journal in ?2004?
I just started playing with watercolors then -- doing them only occasionally in my journal, and then abandoning them for months and months at a time.


(**NOTE: BIG NEWS AT THE END...)
Diahn and I met the other day to go over our 2007 Art Goals and were both pleasantly surprised to find how much we had accomplished in a relatively short period of time. We even had to UPDATE them ...

(1) PROJECT -- 500 Objects. I'm still working on this, and gave myself the task of doing 5 in May, 7 in June, and 10 in July. Seems like I'm having a hard time with this, and needed to "chunk it down" a bit.

(1.a.) NEW drawing related goal -- I will be doing value studies before any new painting and really studying composition. Composition, value, and temperature seem to be going awry lately, and I think it's because I've gotten sloppy.

(2) I will be working more in pastels. Well, I've been doing that! A more specific and updated goal NOW is:

(2.a.) I will be doing one pastel landscape a week. (Maybe I'll do Landscape Thursday, like Teri does Cactus Monday and Wild Wisconsin Wednesday!) :-) It's doubtful that I'll be posting all of them... I'm still at the stage of putting out some serious FLOPS!

(2.b.) I will set my sights on having at least one piece that I'm willing to enter into Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 Competition in September. We'll call this a tentative goal, okay? If not this year, NEXT year, if pastel still feels good!

(3) I'd like to take an art workshop sometime this year ... I got to do that! And I'm hoping that Paul will be coming back to town to give another workshop, which I will take. What a wonderful teacher he is, too -- he's graciously given me some very helpful, positive, and HONEST critiques of a couple of pieces that I sent him via e-mail. How many workshop instructors have that kind of follow up?!


(4) I WILL be hanging art for sale at the gallery at the art center. Ahem. See BIG NEWS below. :-)


ACCOUNTABILITY -- Diahn and I decided that we are going to review our 2007 goals with each other on the 17th of every month. We've done exactly that! And folks, I highly recommend that you have a buddy to meet with regularly to help keep you on track. You DON'T both have to be artists -- maybe your friend has goals of another type entirely. You will STILL help each other more than you can imagine!

We are also working on studying marketing, since we really need to do something to help support our art habits!

NOW for the BIG NEWS!
Last week I submitted three pieces for a juried show at Fountain City Art Center -- a BIG first for me! This morning I heard that ALL THREE were juried in ... :-)
Diahn entered three awesome pieces, too, and they were ALSO all juried in ... we are flying today!

I entered: Gossip, Other People's Stuff (listed for sale!)and, Magnolia Bud
Go visit Diahn and let her show you what she entered! It will rock your socks off!

The reception will be Friday night ... and I believe we will have treated ourselves to new clothes by then...




25 comments:

Karen said...

Fantastic - I am so happy for both of you!!!http://www.karensblog.com

Karen said...

Arrrgh, I hit send too fast.
Congratulations on meeting so many of those goals well ahead of the end of the year. You go, girl!

Teri C said...

YAHOO!!!! Big congrats to you and Diahn!! That is such wonderful news and I remember how beautiful each of them were.

Your work on your goals is so admirable!

Lin said...

CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA!!! BRAVA BRAVA!!!!!

Laureline said...

Wonderful, Linda!!!! I'm thrilled for you and Diahn! Yippee!!!

Bonny said...

Congratulations, Linda! That's fantastic news - for both you and Diahn. You deserve the recognition of your beautiful artwork. It must be a great feeling and know you've achieved such a big step!

Jenny said...

Any excuse for new clothes is a good excuse, but you have a fantastic excuse! Congrats! Your paintings deserve acceptance. They're wonderful.

Lynn said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved acceptance to the show. Those paintings are gorgeous.

janey said...

All three were accepted? That's fantastic. Just one would should result in a snoopy dance. You're a juried artist now and you deserve lots of new clothes. Good luck on those goals.

annie said...

Wow! Congratulations! It is wonderful that y'all are working together at being accountable to each other in your goals.

You are an inspiration to me as I explore my own creativity.

brian nelson said...

Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing the big news! Also, thanks for your comments on my art. Much appreciated.

Ai said...

Congratulations to you. I love the composition and the colors in your works. They hit me right in my heart. I browse your blog from Diahn link. Ai (Eye on Wetcanvas)

Africantapestry said...

Congratulations Linda! Wonderful work you've entered. And a big applause to you both for keeping to your goals!
Wonderfully inspiring.
ronell

Lindsay said...

HOurray for both of you!!!!!

Marie-Dom said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What a fantastic achievement and what a way to achieve one of your goals! You must bein permanent grin mode! LOL Well done you!
I personally think your work is fantastic.
MD

Diahn said...

I'm still dancing the happy dance over here...and don't know what to wear to the reception...

You rock, Linda! I never had any doubt about yours getting in!! Thanks for making that scary phone call and finding out, and one day I'll pay you back for the near heart failure..."we have to go pick them up..." :D

Arty Velarde said...

Wow! Congratulations on your pieces getting in the show.
AND for making me smile regarding the ACEO comment on my blog.
Lydia
(arty velarde)

Arty Velarde said...

I really like the "spread" you did in this sketchbook enty may apples.

mARTa said...

Yeah!!!!!!! How exciting for both of you!!! Well deserved and earned!!! and continued success!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations - I have to say it is about time that you did this.

BS Karen

Linda T said...

Linda, these paintings you entered are wonderful!! Congratulations on their acceptance into the show! And your thoughts on goals and having a buddy are very encouraging.

Toni said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations Linda. And congrats on keeping with your goals. The paintings are wonderful.

Sarah said...

That's fantastic news, BIG congratulations (and I'm not at all surprised)

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Nice to hear the update of your goals. Can you believe we are half way through the year already. Keep going, you are an inspration to the rest of us. Great job with the art acceptance.. but of coarse, it great work.

Robin Neudorfer said...

Linda, how exciting. This is wonderful news. How smart of you to have someone to buddy up with on your goals. It is important to not shelve those for too long. Taking them down once a month is such a good idea, and a nice excuse to meet for coffee.