Had to Take a Break

August 27, 2012

Pastel study for larger painting – Naples Beach, Florida

Sometimes you just have to take a break. This has been an incredibly busy summer for me: teaching opportunities, plein air invitationals, and a  new exhibition opportunity. I’ve been working on some large paintings for the gallery that represents me in Florida. They are for exhibition this fall and winter season, and are a bit of a collaboration with the gallery owners, so it has been an exciting but hectic process.

As a result, I had to take a break from the blog. I am in the process of figuring out how I will continue to do it all–teach, paint and exhibit–but how to do it more efficiently. I am at a point where I need to make adjustments to my schedule and to really be selective about opportunities that present themselves. I think all artists need to do this, having a plan helps, so that is my goal for this week. To develop my working plan for 2013–how many classes will I teach? How many exhibits? Workshops? How many paintings do I need to produce? All of this is based on income potential of course. While teaching is a given and a good solid source of income, unless I want to purely be a teacher (I don’t) I have to ensure that I have sufficient time to continue producing top quality paintings for exhibit and sale. This year, I plan to continue the focus on larger works and on exhibit opportunities only in high end venues. It is the best way to move forward, and ensures that my current collectors have work that will retain or increase in value.