“Moraine Park Summer”
Oil on Panel
Is it really September already? It’s been cold up here the past few mornings, and I feel like summer disappeared as Labor Day weekend came to a close. I’ve been so busy that it seems to have passed me by!! Anyhow, I guess it’s time to status my goals and see where I’m at now that we’re 2/3 of the way through 2008. It’s been a crazy week around here, so bear with me if I ramble.
1. Get my work into three more galleries.
I’m sort of feeling like I’m done with this goal for now. I don’t particularily need another gallery at this point, so I don’t want to waste a lot of effort on it. I’d rather focus my energy on making sure my existing galleries are stocked with good paintings!! I do have a three-person show in October at a gallery I don’t currently show with. If that goes well, I would consider showing my work there, and then I could check this off of my goals list. But right now, I’m happy with where I’m at.
2. Complete 100 paintings.
Painted seven this month – well, I guess I painted eight, but one wasn’t very successful and is still in studio waiting to be fixed. Most of these were fairly small, so it wasn’t a very productive month for me. I had a bit of post-show burnout after the RMPAP show, and then that stomach thing knocked me out for a week. Anyhow, that makes 66 down, 34 to go.
3. Sell enough work to pay our mortgage.
The original point of this goal was to make me take my art seriously and feel like a contributing part of the household finances, and it’s been really effective. It’s been a good year for me up to this point, and that’s been a really big blessing given the state of the economy. Nate’s business is homebuilding, and he’s taken a bit of a hit this summer, so anything I can contribute is more than welcome right now. I’ve already met this goal for the year, and at this point I’m just looking to go beyond that to help out where I can.
4. Update painting database and financial records monthly.
Done. Still very useful. I was going to blow this off this week, then I realized I’d be kicking myself when I eventually had to catch up. It’s nice to keep the business side of things up to date by doing it on a regular basis.
5. Race in a minimum of three 5k’s.
This is so not a priority right now! I’m registered for a tri this month, but I’ve got so much going on that it’s totally been pushed to the back burner and I think I’ll probably skip it. I am going to make sure I go for a run or hike every morning before I paint, mostly for my mental health, but that’s where it ends.
So, there they are for the month. Considering how much we have going on these days, I’m happy to see that I’m on track with my goals for the year. In the next few months we’ll be moving and it’ll be interesting to see how that affects things. At this point we have our foundation done, but we’re putting our house on hold and thinking of moving into the spec home we have on the market. I’m sort of bummed about that because it means I won’t have my dream studio right away, but the house we’ll move into is actually really cute and nice, and has a great view from the front yard that I’ve painted a couple of times already! And I can wait until next year for the dream studio, I suppose… Anything’s gotta be better than the garage I’m painting in right now (which is starting to get cold as the weather turns)!