At the end of December '09, Kevin and I went to Florida to visit family. It was nice, but I was so thankful to be home during this Christmas break. I needed to be home in December '10.
2010 was my most prolific year to date.
How many doggie portraits did I paint? Read on to find out.
Now it's January '11. I've been reflecting on the year that just ended, as well as what I want for the year to come. Honesty time!...
For the second winter in a row, I feel spent. I've been burning the candle at both ends; and as a result, I've gotten sick with a bad cold/bronchitis TWICE in one season. I don't think that has ever happened to me before. It is my body's way of telling me to slow down. I take on too much, mostly in the name of making extra money so I can get out of debt. But I learned long ago that one's health should come first. I think I can say with certainty that once this round of "30 Dogs" is over, I won't be doing it again. Or, at least, not for a while. This go-round has really thrown me for a loop. Being a full-time teacher and a whenever-I-can-find-the-time pet portrait artist, plus a wife and a doggie mom, leaves me very little time to just tend to ME. Imposing another time-sensitive project on myself is no longer working for me. I'm constantly complaining about having not enough time. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing myself complain.
I love the work—once it is finished and in my ever-growing portfolio. I'm just not loving the process these days, and that's not good for any artist. I will see the project through; but after it is over, I'm going to take the advice of my friend Rebecca and create a business model that works for my lifestyle and schedule. I think I'm going to go back to just taking commissions, and in between that work, doing fun stuff with my existing images. Then there's that little (HUGE) thing I've been avoiding for too long, called MARKETING. I cringe at the very word.
On a positive note, look at that heart up there! I created 42 dog portraits last year. Not bad for a part-time arteest! I’m proud of myself, and the work I created. I’m incredibly thankful to the clients/customers who purchased portraits, prints and cards in 2010. You all get a big WOOF WOOF!
One way I plan to focus on ME more in 2011 is through my participation in One Little Word. This is my fourth year choosing a word, rather than a list of resolutions; but it is the first year that I plan to really, consistently, work on manifesting the word in my life. I’ll post about my chosen word, and what I’m doing with it, soon…