Across the Field, Jo-Ann Sanborn, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 20x24
Happy New Year!
While I love the fresh start of a new year, the idea of making resolutions doesn’t really work for me. I have a history of letting them go—easily. Now I prefer to be less rigid, with more of a plan and not bound by something I resolved on a bleary morning the first day of the year. Things happen, and some of them need to be made a priority immediately. For me, focus is important, but so is flexibility.
At the end of 2009, I followed Alyson Stanfield’s suggestion to look back on the year and write down accomplishments. She has a check–sheet that prompts you helpfully. It was rewarding to see that I had, in fact, completed a number of things that without the prompt would be lost or unrecognized. I’ve done that again for 2010, and found that I had accomplished quite a bit. I was pleased to remember that I:
• Continued to paint regularly, first and most important!
• Developed a better newsletter format
• Wrote and submitted publicity for the Artist Colony
• Donated generously to the Friends of the Fakahatchee during the Artist Colony’s April “Give Back” month. Thank you for strong purchases that month!
• Donated a painting to Marco Island’s Micky’s sailing program, and gift certificates to other charities I support.
• Hosted the Montessori school visit to the Artist Colony
• Developed and taught two new full and successful classes
• Developed a website for the Artist Colony at Fine Art Studios Online, where I have my own website
• Transferred my mailing list and learned to use Constant Contact, a professional email service, and grew that list.
• Read several books learning about art and the art world
• Helped conceive and create Arts Afire!, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture to be presented by the City of Marco Island in 2011, and developed an awards program and a website for this program.
• Continued guiding the Artist Colony at the Esplanade into its second year
• Blogged regularly
• Developed a Face Book fan page
• Tweeted regularly
But I didn’t do so well on my “intentions” for the coming year. Here’s a look at my “intended” list:
My intentions for 2010 – and how I did
- Paint least one larger painting a month - did about six
- Improve technical skills with study and classes - did mostly through books and Internet learning, need to do more hands-on
- Meet some influential people - (need to identify why this is important!) -did a bit on Internet and City - need to try harder
- Finish cataloging sold paintings – incomplete, only half done, may need help
- Improve newsletter – done, now sent quarterly, but may re-think
- Visit more shows-galleries - did some, could do better
- Work better with decorators - didn’t initiate anything new, but did work effectively with current
Wishing you a year filled with hope and joy!