Art Goals for 2017 and 2016 in Review
Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by! Before I post my 2017 art goals, I would like to start with a review of my 2016 goals. 2016 was a great year with a lot to be thankful for, and my blog, Art by MLO, was no exception, as it made quite some progress over the past year.
2016 Art Goal Review
Goal 1: Paint or Sketch Every Day: PASSED
- I painted on 285 of 366 days (78%)
- I produced:
- three paintings on canvasses
- 64 studies of 11 x 14 in. and larger (some of which have not been posted yet; I will post the remaining work of 2016 soon)
- 2.5 sketch books filled with ideas
Goal 2: Post Two Articles per Month: PASSED
Over the course of the year, I posted 20 instead of 24 (83%) articles online; this is good enough considering that I also posted 340 times on social media (mostly automated), which was crucial to reach the following goal
Goal 3: Quadruple Social Media Followers: REACHED
- I increased followers from 94 to 375, mostly on Facebook and Instagram (both platforms alone account for 318 new followers)
- I am really happy about this result since in July, I was far behind for this art goal (I was only at 15%)
Goal 4: Read Five Art Books: NEEDS WORK
- I read a few dozen books this year, but only three about art
- I read Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon and Show your Work by Austin Kleon
- My favorite was The Business of Being an Artist by Daniel Grant; although a bit older, the book went deeper into topics, had plenty of quotes and included feedback from artists and art professionals
Goal 5: Participate in Two Art Events: REACHED
- Participated in the Symposium de Peinture at the Maison de la Culture in Thetford Mines, QC
- Group Exhibition: Ma Ville en Couleurs at the Station des Arts in Thetford Mines, QC
Goal 6: Create Six Large-Scale Exclamatory Works: NEEDS WORK
- Decided to postpone this project to 2017, as I was enjoying painting intuitively so decided to focus on my intuitive work
- Also, I was hoping to document the process for my large-scale Exclamatories, but I did not yet have access to a camera with a video function
2017 Art Goals
Goal 1: Expand Exclamatory Intermezzo Series
As I postponed this 2016 goal to the following year, I want to tackle this goal head-on. I plan to expand this series significantly because I see it as having the potential to stand out once I have the chance to develop it further. The series is a concept that developed over time and for which I received a lot of unexpected positive feedback. I plan to create 6 new large-scale works in addition to 6 small-scale works for the series. I am setting myself the goal of completing at least one per month.
Goal 2: Sell My First Painting
I feel the time is right to elevate ArtbyMLO to the next level; I set myself the goal of selling my first painting this year.
Goal 3: Expand Artist CV
I would like to leave this goal very vague at this stage, as I am not sure yet in which direction it will go. Examples include exhibitions, art shows, or competitions, formal art education, or mentions in media.
Goal 4: Increase Followers to 1,000
I hope to keep the 2016 momentum going by growing my followers, even more, this year. I feel confident that I can reach a larger audience, based on last year’s results.
Goal 5: Create Videos
I’d like to share my process of two series that I am currently working on the Exclamatory Intermezzo and Intuitive Paintings. I think these two series will be interesting to showcase as they represent entirely different approaches in terms of techniques as well as styles; the first series is meticulously planned, and the creation is long and tedious, while the second is spontaneous and fast to create. I would like to be present on YouTube since it is the world’s second-largest search engine and will help me reach goals 2 and 4.
Goal 6: Transform Blog into Artist Website
I plan to add a page for commissions and a small online shop this year. I would also like to create an events page and add more info about my creative process.
Goal 7: Get Involved in the Art Community
I’m looking forward to accomplishing this art goal and hope to meet interesting people. I believe it is important to network and exchange with other artists and artisans as it broadens our perspective and stimulates our creativity. Being a self-taught artist, I believe this exchange to be extra important as it will allow me to learn, share knowledge, and get tips from other artists.