“Just A Doodle: #15” ©2010 Diane Evans
A year ago, Alyson Stanfield offered the following advice on her Art Biz blog; I read it over recently, and it’s every bit as relevant today:
“You’ve been going at it all year. You do. You try. But then, you look back at that task list and become discouraged. Instead of thinking about what you still want to achieve, focus on acknowledging all you have done. Take time to write down your accomplishments for the past year.”
She offered a list of questions to jump-start your thinking, such as:
(1) How did you promote your art?
(2) Who were the top ten cool or influential people you met?
(3) What did you try that was uncomfortable, but helped you grow?
(4) How did you improve your studio habits?
(5) What was the single best thing that happened to your art career this past year?
She then advised: “Be grateful for the energy you found, the people you came across, and the experiences you learned from . . . Celebrate!”
I found Alyson’s ideas to be eye-opening (the list of questions for 2010 is posted again here); she motivated me to take inventory of my plus-column for the year, and the exercise was a real boost to my self-esteem – another way of reminding me to view the glass as half full.
So here’s to 2011; may it bring us wonderful accomplishments, continued friendships, and unimagined creative artistry. And you, dear readers, are the coolest people I’ve been fortunate to meet.
(Please share your answer to Question #5 -- it'll make us ALL feel good.)