OK - here are some plans... not resolutions, because we know how those go, don’t we? It’s really more of the same, but hopefully of the good stuff and less of the bugbears.
Manage my time better - far too much is spent on the internet, which is perfectly enthralling, but it doesn’t get any sketching or painting done. Walking and being fit makes me feel good, positive and energetic, so I hope to do more of that even than last year - the friendly and supportive Sketchercise group is a great encourager to keep going, or start again if I’ve had a lapse.
Do what I love, love what I do - I am becoming aware after all these years that my passion lies in watercolour - I’m not about to throw out all other mediums, but I would like to focus on getting better at this one. I am also so enjoying sketching, the quick, immediate and spontaneous act which I’d never really considered an art form in its own right until I was exposed to wonderful work on Urban Sketchers, Sketchercisers and of course the blogs of prolific and expert sketchers. I want to get better, freer, more expressive!
Paint more Real Paintings - I haven’t made many finished, presentable artworks of late. I was contemplating vowing to produce 50 paintings during 2010, but that makes me anxious, so I gently plan to have some sort of a body of work by the end of the year.
Find a group of like-minded souls who will join me plein-airing, or urban sketching, or both. I want some flesh-and-bone companions for safety in numbers, sharing of ideas and expertise, and - especially for urban sketching - a wider variety of viewpoints and experiences of Joburg than my own limited ones. This is the hardest on the list - it entails phonecalls, arrangements and organisation - all my worst things!
I was considering a shake-up of my blog, focus it, refine it, but I know now from experience that vows to do this or that go clear out of my head within hours of making them, so I guess it will stumble along as usual - blogging friends called it a Graphic Novel of my Life - that could be a theme I could hang my hat on! Thanks to all who take the time to come and look. Onward and Upward to you all!!