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Art Goals 2011


Five of our 6 grandchildren join me in wishing everyone a Wonderful 2011!

Art Goals 2011 : 5th Blog Anniversary

I am a self-taught artist - someone who began this journey slowly in 2003 because of Gwen Diehn's book The Decorated Page, and more intensely in 2005 when I partially retired, joined Everyday Matters, and then started this blog (Jan 4, 2006).  Needing to make things is not new to me.  I was a seamstress, then a quilter, then silk painter for decades.  But art on paper was new and wonderful. 

I set annual goals in art (and more briefly with my other passions) and outlined my art progress for last year in the last blog post of 2010.  Here are my preliminary art goals for 2011.

Long Term Goals: Develop better drawing and painting skills on paper and with dye-painting and surface design on fabric.  Have fun and be bold - I am retired!

1. Drawing Skills: I will continue to draw daily and go to live figure drawing at least once per month, but I need to mix it up a little more. I may be daring and try one 20 minute sketch with a paintbrush!

A. Draw with Different Tools:

More drawing with pens: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Ruling pen, dip pens, different color pens etc.

Try drawing with Conte pencils, maybe even charcoal, more soluble graphite - especially at Soc. of Illustrators.

Start working through my new figure drawing book from Casey, work on Dodson Drawing Book and finish my 100 faces project from Drawing Lab - trying to explore other tools,

B. Draw More Challenging Subjects: i.e. get back to architecture, body parts. ! can’t allow my handbound watercolor journals to become too precious. I will prioritize among my daily sketches - first a visual journal entry if I’ve been out and about that day or have an important subject to draw, then hands and feet or other body parts, then architecture (NYC etc).

Finish American Sign Language photos of hands and put together a book of reference photos of hands and feet

Make book from my reference photos (NYC photos to begin) so I have some things ready to draw at night when I’m stuck. Try to think like an architect when starting the sketch and analyze basic structure.

 Try self-portaits and drawings of our family.

2. Watercolor Painting Skills: Main Goal for the year is to increase range of values! Glaze more.

Technique: Work on textures, shadows, reflections, sunshine/shadow, day/night lights

EDM Challenges - have almost an entire year that I can do - will print out, cut up, and put in a container near my art supplies. When I am totally uninspired any day, I can pick a challenge from my "EDM challenge jar."

Other challenges: 3 watercolor pencils only, new background with preprinted pages, new borders, inchies in grid, or vertical slices, or progressive abstractions, tracing paper collage over painted pages, grids for portraits, more Yupo for fun, thermofax screens, Paint same picture in different color triads etc.

3. Artist Books: I would like to make more, but I need to be motivated re: subject.

Make my daily watercolor sketchbooks with book cloth I make with dyes/surface design techniques

Make accordion books for special projects

Make a flag book with Journal Study Group for our tags

4. Monthly Book Reading List: My Personal Creativity and Art Curriculum

To Reread: Twyla Tharp: The Creative Habit,  Travel Sketchbook books - may get something different from these now  (Mari Le Glatin Keis: The Art of Travel with a Sketchbook, Moira Huntly’s: Sketchbook Secrets, Richard Schilling: Watercolor Journeys.  Add others - i.e. Taking a Line for a Walk etc

To Read: Select from among the Following:  Eric Maisel: Coaching the Artist Within, Bee Shay: Collage Lab, Michael Hampton: Figure Drawing - Design and Invention, Charles Reid: The Natural Way to Paint (figures), Lisa Engelbrecht: Modern Mark Making, Claudia Nice: Creating Textures in Pen and Ink with Watercolor, Cathy Johnson: Creating Textures in Watercolor, Bert Dodson: Keys to Drawing With Imagination, Jean Dobie: Making Color Sing

5.  Continue to develop the friendships that I've made with others - through Everyday Matters, my blog, and other contacts in the creative community - especially my Journal Study Group.




And happy new year to you all too!

My you are going to be busy during 2011 - I look forward to following your progress!

Hey Shirley - can you print out copies of the EDM list for us also so we can "maybe" do that also?

Awwww!! They are such darlings ^^
Loving the goals Shirley! I am pretty sure they are within grasps =)

You're going to be busy and we'll be following you along the way if you let us!

Your so awesomely disciplined!! Good for you! Do wish I could be more like that!!

What a great picture of your grandchildren!! Love the glasses!

Happy New Year Shirley - great picture of the grands, and your goals are lofty - I just want to get one page done daily!!

Great post!
Best Wishes with your goals!

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