Friday, January 20, 2012

A New Year

Today is my 42nd birthday. I love having my birthday in late January. When everyone is pondering new year's resolutions and rushing to wrap up Christmas celebrations, I let the holidays come to a slow, appropriate end and I wait for my birthday to think about my hopes and dreams for the coming year.

With that in mind, here are some of the art-related things I hope to accomplish in 2012 (and the first three weeks of 2013).
  • Compile a comprehensive inventory of completed art quilts.
  • Set up a proper space for photographing quilts.
  • Maintain a reasonable level of anxiety and stress. (Don't let it bubble over.)
  • Complete five quilts for the new 12x12 project "2012 Series."
  • Complete a quilt for a juried show I've been invited to enter.
  • Arrange my time and priorities to say "yes" as opportunities present themselves.
  • Finalize Layered Landscape Collage workshop for real life and online.
  • Make two to four additional “large” works.
  • Enter two to four juried art quilt shows that are meaningful to me.
  • Update blog and/or website.
  • Compile comprehensive list of shows, publications, etc.
  • Write a simple useful bio.
  • Write a simple useful artist statement.
  • Don’t get distracted by fiddly crafty projects that don’t truly inspire proper time and attention.
I think having a written list will help. Posting it here makes me more accountable, I suppose.
As I read over this list, it seems a bit clinical. It's clear and practical and reasonable, but it lacks spirit, I think. That's the stuff that is hard to put into words and even harder to measure. So, maybe I'll just say...
  • Embrace spirit.

16 comments:

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Happy birthday! That's a great list - practical but not without openness and ambition. 2012 is going to be a great year. (PS: The " smile artist statement" made me smile.)

Terry said...

I have no doubt you will accomplish each and every one of these things and do them all well! Happy Birthday, dear Deborah. I am blessed to know you!

Els said...

First of all a happy birthday (my grandson's 8th birthday)
Wow quite a loooooong list of wishes/dreams/plans .....
(I hope you know that you néver get ALL the presents you ask for ....?)
;-)

Jeannie said...

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and may all your dreams/goals/creative endeavors materialize this year. Now, go out and celebrate however your heart desires!

Your Cousin Sara said...

You are an ambitious woman! It's one of many things I love about you.

Kristin L said...

I love this list -- it could be my list! I compiled an inventory of quilts a few years ago and it's a great base, but I have not kept it up recently, nor have I kept up my spreadsheet for meaningful shows. I could stand to update that. I think I would need to mix the craft project and opportunity bullet points to something like "arrange time and priorities to allow for fun craft projects that grab my attention without feeling guilty that I'm ignoring more "serious" work." Other than that, I could totally steal your list! ;-)

Happy Birthday too!

Diane Perin Hock said...

This is an excellent list of goals and I have no doubt that you will achieve them all. And it's handy that my birthday falls just a bit after yours, so you've given me a good working list to use as I develop my goals for my upcoming year!

EmandaJ said...

Happy Birthday! Great list and all positive and "do-able". Have a great year.
Emanda

Loralei said...

Wishing you a most joyous birthday, and a year filled with many dreams come true... Love your list as well!!

Natalya Aikens said...

great list! mine is similar...
Happy Bday!!!

Françoise said...

Happy Birthday!
Nice list. Mine is a little shorter, but some items are just the same as yours. :-)
Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. Hope you are warm and cozy in this winter weather.

mckittycat said...

Happy Birthday. May all your goals come true and that your muses continue to inspire. Mary Ann

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Penney said...

Belated Birthday wishes! It's a great day to have a birthday..... my daughter was 31! Just finished reading your last post (on stencils and rocks) and love your process. Keep sharing, thanks!

Vivien Zepf said...

Great list; I really need to set some priorities for this year.