Friday, December 28, 2007

Goals for 2008 - Month by Month

When I set goals, I want to achieve them. When I miss my goals, I get grumpy, and nobody likes a grump. To help me achieve them, I try to define them in time. So, here's a look at my 2008, art-wise, month by month. (And of course, I reserve the right to change plans! :D) If you can't get through the whole list - you'll see more art history, research into technique, and book reviews this year!

The image in this post is a CP work - based on a "start" on the Nintendo Digital Sketchbook :D.

January
  • Composition research (book reviews, info gathering)
  • Anatomy of the head (daily sketching, sketching from memory)
  • Mendelowitz drawing exercises
  • 3 starts
  • 1 planned, executed, finished piece
  • update website
February
  • Composition research (book reviews, info gathering, piece based on research)
  • Rib Cage Anatomy (daily sketching, sketching from memory)
  • Mendelowitz drawing exercises
  • 3 starts
  • 1 polished piece
  • update website
March
  • ukiyo-e research (book on Japanese prints, internet research, contemporary practitioners)
  • Arm Anatomy (daily, from memory)
  • Mendelowitz exercises
  • 4 starts
  • 1 polished piece
  • update website
April
  • ukiyo-e research (more research, research in action - project)
  • Hand Anatomy
  • book from reading list
  • 3 starts
  • 1 polished piece
  • update website
May
  • Color research
  • Pelvis Anatomy
  • book from reading list
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • update website
June
  • Color research
  • Leg Anatomy
  • book from reading list
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • enter one art competition by end of June
  • update website
July
  • Degas research
  • Foot Anatomy
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • update website
August
  • Degas research
  • Perspective study
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • update website
September
  • Research on a master
  • Perspective study (2nd month)
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • update website
October
  • Research on a master (2nd month)
  • Focus on interiors
  • 4 starts
  • 2 polished pieces
  • update website
November
  • Research on a master
  • Focus on exteriors
  • 4 starts
  • 1 polished piece
  • update website
December
  • Research on a master
  • Focus on landscapes
  • 4 starts
  • update website

6 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

Rose, congratulations on forming your plan for the year. Will be rooting for you!

Valerie Jones said...

Way to go, Rose!! You are too ambitious for me. I'm rooting for you too!

Jeanette said...

Great list Rose and monthly too, I'm impressed. I think the trick to making things work is to refer to this piece often. I print mine out and keep it near me so I can remind myself what I need to do.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks ladies! I hope it is just the right amount of achieveable and the right amount of stretch!

Jeanette - that is exactly why I posted this post - each month, the last day of the month I have a "to-do" - go hit that "goals" label and see what happened. :D But, I may try the tape it to the wall trick.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Ooh, look how orderly you are, Rose! I want to be on board for March's topic -- the Japanese prints. They influenced so many of the painters that I admire that I really want to find out more about them.

Katherine said...

Rose - nice to see you took my framework for the beginning of the year! ;)

As I began to write mine out I began to realise that I'll be weaving things in and out of the months. The projects feel a bit like warp and weft for my comfort blanket at the moment!

I can't quite see how I'm going to wait until March before looking at the compositional skills of the Japanese masters! So that explains why I was reading about Hokusai in bed last night!