Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top Ten Dreams for 2009

Self Portrait
(this is how the self-portrait finished...a fun ending to 2008)

This is my third post on goals for 2009. (See part 1, part 2.) This is the fun one...the one where I dream about what would make me feel like I had an amazing year if I accomplished a few of them.It should be noted that I am not committing myself to doing all of these this year. These are like a wish list, some challenges to throw at myself to keep it interesting. If some of these seem out of my reach, well, they probably are, but I like to aim high!

Top Ten Dreams for 2009 (actually 8, but I'm saving space for new dreams! :D)
  1. Enter a competition. (I actually did enter a friendly competition in 2008 - it was a challenge to myself and one that I really benefited from.) As I am working on some new mediums I am not sure that I can really deliver on entering a serious competition this year, but it's here on the wish list.
  2. Make y dollars this year. I'll tell you that y > x (see here.) Another "push me".
  3. Submit an article to Art Calendar.
  4. Keep a drawing from memory log. I'd love to do what Jeanette Jobson does, sketch a memory from the day each evening for a few minutes.
  5. Win a portrait commission. I'm working on my portraiture skills this year, I'd love to get good enough that someone wants to buy one...
  6. Paint something to hang in my living room over the couch. There is a big blank space over my couch, everyone always asks about it. The answer is that I want to put something I am really proud of there.
  7. Make a calendar for 2010.
  8. Meet one of my cyber chums. I'd love to do a face-to-face with someone this year. (Jo, I had this written before you mentioned it...I think we should do it!)
  9. ?
  10. ?


Jeanette said...

You've done a wonderful job on your self portrait Rose. I love the monochrome, its very effective.

And your wish list is achievable as well. Just keep pushing forward.

Valerie Jones said...

Your self portrait is nice, Rose! I love the monochrome. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Your wish list is great. I have one started and hope to post it someday soon.

Teresa said...

Wow.... you're mastering your medium in leaps and strides. Great job on the portrait. And great job on the dream list too.... go for it!

Laurel Neustadter said...

I like your portrait. Based on your photograph, it looks like a good likeness. I enjoyed reading about your art-related goals. I tagged you on my blog for the 5 a Day meme. No obligation, of course. Only if you have the time and interest!

Ann said...

This is a wonderful amendment to your list of goals, and very doable it seems considering all the work you will be doing achieving all those goals :) I am impressed with your organization and look forward to following your progress this coming year!
Great self portrait!!

Jo Castillo said...

Very nice on the portrait! I'm not sure what technique you used. Have you tried putting on the paint and wiping out/off the highlights? That is a fun thing to do, too.

Your dreams don't seem too far fetched to me! You are such a determined person. As far as meeting, we just have to pick a time, I guess. That would be fun!

Teresa Mallen said...

Great job on your portrait Rose. As I have mentioned before, I really like your stroke technique.

I am sure by December '09, many items on your dream list will have come to pass.

Happy New Year!

Stacy said...

This is a very good portrait Rose and a great "dreams" list too! I have no doubt that you can achieve everthing you set your mind too. You are one of the most organized and determined people I know. Happy New Year! I hope this time next year you are looking back amazed at how wonderful it was. :)

Rose Welty said...

Thanks everyone for your encouragement! I don't know if I'll achieve any of these, but it is fun to put a few challenge things into the mix.

You are all such an encouragement to me...that's why I post my goals, you all convince me to keep going! Thanks, I am indebted to you all.

Thanks also for the comments on the portrait...I almost didn't post it as I can see lots of things I'd do differently next time (yes, Jo, like wipe out the highlights - although this is traditional acrylics, so I couldn't do that.)

But, thankfully, next time is coming soon...my portrait group is drawing my mug for January!