New Year’s Resolutions
I hope you have all survived the festive holidays and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead! I have to apologise as it has been a while since I wrote anything on here. It has not been the best of years as things haven’t quite gone to plan with health issues continuing to throw me off course. My resolutions for 2013 therefore revolve around ignoring any further problems as best I can and pretend they don’t exist – I should probably have done that in the first place!
My garden took up a lot of my time last summer and while that work is far from finished, following strict time allocations for my various interests and duties this year should – in theory – balance things out much better. Not that that regime will be easy to follow for someone as impatient as myself, who ideally wants everything done and finished yesterday!
To alleviate build-up of pressure, particularly in December, with the resulting burn-out afterwards, there are a number of things I want to address. Starting with my portraits I will need to look at my fees as I find I am putting far more time and soul into each work than the financial return I ask for represents. On top of that it may be necessary to restrict what type of work I will accept in future. It has been a tough learning curve, from being supplied with challenging photographs to work from, either in size or quality, to being asked to draw unsuitably sized portraits. Of course this is entirely my own doing for saying ‘yes’ to clients in the first place, when they are looking to me for advice. Unfortunately, very often things look easily possible at first glance and the problems only surface once I am well into the commission, by which point it is not appropriate to back out. The arising difficulties then throw me into self doubt about my abilities which can be a significant curb on my creativity, – a very unhelpful state of mind to be avoided at all cost!
Following a number of other artists on various social networking sites has been enlightening and I have learned that I should probably try out some different materials to work with, which could potentially render far better results than I am achieving currently. I am hoping to spend quite some time experimenting and can’t wait to see how I do!
Another avenue I am looking at is diversification. It can get somewhat stifling to be restricted to commission work with limited opportunity of self expression while being very time consuming and tedious in their execution. So to offset this I want to play with a number of other techniques, primarily, but not exclusively, involving colour, and using my own subjects, which may or may not involve portraits.
So there you have it, those are my main resolutions for the coming twelve months, without going into minute detail and not dismissing the usual ones regards trying to loose weight, better time management and organisation, eating and drinking less junk and all that! I think I will be a busy bee this year! How about you? Are you making any changes?