2019 Intentions

One of the most exciting things about our recent move is the fact that I now have a beautiful bright and very large dedicated studio space! Funnily enough, when I was working in my kitchen or dining room over the past four years, aside from the occasional frustration when I wanted to work on something big or when I couldn’t find something that was stored in the back of a closet, I never really missed having dedicated studio space … but now that I am fortunate enough to have it again, I really don’t know what I did without it?! It’s brought home just how important it is for an artist of any kind to have “a room of her own” so to speak! 😀

My tiny dining room work space prior to our move.

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What I’m most pleased about my new studio is that it is actually large enough that I will be able to hold classes in it! Not having the concern about finding and paying for outside venues to teach from has made me feel much more relaxed and really excited about creating new workshops. There are several different ones that I want to do and I will start to offer them next month! I’ll post more about the workshops I’ll be offering next week, but in the meantime, this post is supposed to be about my artistic goals and intentions for 2019!

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Offering classes and starting to teach regularly is probably my highest priority goal for what remains of 2019. I really love teaching and feel that I am good at it, so I truly feel so blessed and am very excited that I finally have the space and opportunity to do so conveniently and regularly.

The last place I taught at, while quaint and charming, was a bit of a tight squeeze.

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My second highest priority goal is that I want to start taking my art more seriously and begin to think of it as, and develop it into a (hopefully paying!) business this year. To that end, I intend to promote myself as an artist and teacher by being much more present and active here on my blog and on Instagram and Facebook … and I intend to start up my neglected Newsletter again! 😃

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There are several local shows, both juried and unjuried, that I plan to enter later this summer and fall, and I have already been accepted to be part of a group show in November that runs through January, for which I hope to have some new work completed. I also plan to submit something to Strokes of Genius again. I’m SO excited for this year’s edition and can’t wait to see my White Breasted Nuthatch published in it! 😃

This little guy was accepted for the 11th edition of Strokes of Genius, to be published this November.

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Now that I have the space to work comfortably, I am brimming over with ideas for drawings, and even series of drawings, that I hope to do. I would particularly like to do some landscape work and nature scenes, but also have some ideas for some fantasy and figurative work. I have waaaaay too many ideas and not nearly enough time! LOL

Part of something I am working on and hope to be done soon!

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Of course, my usual intentions of regularly attending Arteast Open Studios, Ottawa Plein Air Adventurer outings and Ottawa Urban Sketchers sketchcrawls and outings stand. I don’t always manage to make the OUS outings, but I rarely miss the other two.

One of my plein air outings last fall in beautiful Gatineau Park.

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Did you set intentions or goals for yourself as an artist this year? If you did, are you on track for meeting them?

Stay tuned next week to hear all about the workshops I will be teaching this fall.

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