A new year in art

2011 was an interesting year. I made a lot of progress in art, mainly in setting it up on Etsy and Zazzle.. I even sold three paintings. That was encouraging.

So it’s amazing that here I am in 2012 feeling like nothing happened in 2011 and that so much more needs to be done. How many of you feel that way? Need to be more consistent in blogging, in joining etsy teams and forums, in uploading products to Zazzle, in gathering a following, in determining relevant content, updating my website…oh, and let’s not forget about doing art and growing as an artist.

I must say though, that as I look back on previous projects I have worked on, I do feel like I have made enormous strides in my art. What I once thought was amazing is now questionable, and what I am doing now seems superb!

These two are .pdf’s if you want to check them out:
Outside of a Program
Another event program

An inside page to a program.
An inside page to another program. This will be printed on pearlescent paper to give it a wonderful shine.

It just never feels like enough though, does it? Always should be doing more, putting more time into things, life, art…It’s utterly exhausting so that by the time I am sitting down to do some art, I have no energy or brain power to do it. Everybody has to be in a similar situation though. So how do you do it? How do you maintain your life and still have the energy, will and brain power to improve yourself and your art. Create art. Explore your soul. Write music. How do you find the balance in your life, to live a life, and achieve all of your goals?


Chaos often breeds life...

As of late, I have fallen behind on my organization skills. For many of us, work gets a bit busy, life gets a bit crazy and our organization begins to disintegrate. I love this quote because it reminds me how important it is to cultivate good and efficient work habits to be a successful Graphic Designer.

Orderly habits I would like to cultivate:

Clear space, Clear mind

When my desk and surrounding area are clear of clutter, I am able to focus on the work at hand. My eyes aren””t flitting around absorbing the massive amounts of crap around me. Rather, they remain attentive to the details of my project. Additionally, I don”t have the “I should really organize my work space” thought floating around in my mind constantly.

One notebook to keep everything in

I love paper. I have tons of random pads of paper. I have “To Do List” pads, “Notes” pads, legal pads, blank paper, pads from vendors, yellow sticky notes, miniture sticky notes, page marking stickies…I could go on. But on top of all those random pads scattered all over my desk, I have a spiral notebook that has a notes section, a to do section, a date section all on one page. In one location, I have a source that accomplishes all the randomness. So, in an effort to consolidate, the random pads of paper will be put aside.

I read somewhere once to limit the amount of goals you take on at once. This allows you to focus on the goals and not be scattered. In honor of this idea, I shall keep it to two new habits to form.

Though as a side note, I hope to establish a daily sketch. I”m going to try to post them to keep me accountable.