Saturday, January 05, 2008

2008 Goals

"Looks Like Rain"
Oil on Panel

Now that it's 2008, it's time to come up with some goals for this year. I've been up in the mountains all week with plenty of time to think about what my goals should be, but no computer access to post them so that they're official. I always feel like posting my goals here makes me more accountable, so here they are:

1. Get my work into three more galleries.

This is my top goal for the year. I need to increase both sales and exposure to my work, and expanding my gallery representation is a good way to do it. As part of this goal, I need to make sure that a month doesn't go by without me making an effort to contact new galleries.

2. Complete 100 paintings.

Part of having a successful art career is consistency and productivity. Having a realistic goal for number of paintings is a good way for me to make sure I'm not being lazy. Oh, and anything smaller than 8x10 doesn't count toward the total number.

3. Sell enough work to pay our mortgage.

I think I did this in 2007, but I haven't run my numbers yet so who knows. Anyhow, the point is to make sure that my art business is contributing to the household finances.

4. Update painting database and financial records monthly.

I'm woefully behind on my records and accounting for 2007. In the future, I need to take one day per month to update all of my records so that I have a clear picture of how my business is doing as the year progresses.

5. Race in a minimum of three 5k's.

This is just a personal goal to help me get myself back in shape. My first ski day of the year last week convinced me that I need to do a better job of staying active - don't want my legs to be burning after only a half day on the slopes!!

I'm going to status these goals monthly to keep me on track, and I'm looking forward to a good year!!


  1. You can take the girl out of engineering but you can't take the engineer out of the girl!

    I'm with you on everyone of your goals.(with the exception of the running) I'll shoot to walk 15K for the year.
    It will be a fun to check the progress we make. 100 painting will be a stretch but stretching is supposed to be good for you.
    So off to the studio. I'll check back at the beginning of February.
    Thanks for the motivation!

  2. I found your blog through Peter Yesis' blog page. I'm a good friend of Peter's and I think your work is stunning. You capture the atmosphere perfectly. I'm going to add you to my blog links.

  3. Dude, my legs burn just after half a day of sitting around at work, so at least you're better off than me.

    I know -- that's totally not funny.