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New year, new goals (Updated)

Jan 7, 2015

Happy New Year.

I feel pretty good about 2014 because in 2014 I met quite a few of my long term goals as well as my short term goals.

  1. I received my first grant, and then my second one in 2014
  2. My blog on The broader economic implications of donating your art went viral (4 times) and was republished in 3 countries in 2 languages, had over 2 million hits and over 30,000 facebook shares! I was not expecting that.
  3. As a result...I became a published author!
  4. I also became a curator in 2014 for The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, which opens this Friday, January 9th in Seattle City Hall
  5. Then I became a published author again when I wrote the curator's essay, the back cover copy and the acknowledgements for our exhibit book.
  6. I got paid to curate twice
  7. I got paid to exhibit thrice
  8. I sold many paintings
  9. And I learned some alternative (legal!) ways to make some income as well, including...Co-renting my studio and my parking space
  10. Through curating, I learned some new conflict resolution skills that I was able to put into practice and will blog about later in the year when I figure out how to do it without hurting feelings.

Up next

This year I see that the Queen of Capable, the inimitable Alyson B. Stanfield is hosting a New Year Business Goals webinar, which I will attend after the fact by downloading the recording. In preparation for her webinar I've filled out her guideline and wrote my quarterly goals



Now I bought FileMaker and tried to import my Bento files...and it worked, but it's just the raw data. I think I'm going to have to redesign the template first and then import into the template. So, all in all it's easier than I feared, not as easy as I hoped.

Now I'm going to show yo:

  1. That I've started to reorganize my studio
  2. Why my studio needs reorganization

Are you ready? Here goes: (and by the way...this is just my studio, I have stuff all over the place in the storage area of the building! grr. (Maybe I can tackle that in 2016)


These are some of the storage bins I bought in 6-packs at Costco...and some of the mess. But you can see I've begun sorting and organizing

Here's what needs doing:


I have to rebuild my vertical files and store my art better


These are my painting rags, along with a spare pillow in case I need a nap. :)


My work bench. It's probably 150 years old or more. I took it out of our 200 year old barn before we moved from NY to Seattle

Are you ready for the after pictures?!!

Here they are...voilà!








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