I hope everyone enjoyed their labor day holiday, although I spent the whole day on the computer trying to get caught up for school, at least my house is clean and I am finally up to date with my marking! I am teaching a student success class this semester, which is basically a freshman experience, it provides them with tools to become better motivated and prepared for life in college. Obviously I often think of the comparisons between this class and SAVI.
I have needed some uplifting motivation lately, I have been running behind all term and while I have been spending a huge amount of time in the studio (which is why I am behind!) I have been focused on finishing the big installation piece I was working on, and that has felt a lot like WORK!
So because it seems like ages until we meet again, and as it will be a brief meeting abbreviated by Bonagany, here’s a lecture for you to keep you moving towards your goals. Some of you have probably seen it before, or may even have read the book, but I never get tired of watching this man speak – Enjoy!
summer time & the living is easy! HA! This is how my summer looks, what about all of you? As we reach the half way mark in our year together how is your energy? Are you still excited by the things on your list, or are you beginning to realize that you want to go some place else?
This is how I keep track of what is going on in my professional life. It is in plain view in my studio. I need to see things otherwise I waste a lot of time & energy worrying about the due date for a show or application. The little notes are meetings I have committed to attending, so I don’t start to over-schedule my days. Summer is so precious to me because I get big swaths of time to create in. I am able to work on larger projects and just play in the studio instead of always being on a creative deadline. The bottom of the board contains my crazy lists, things still to do for impending deadlines. I use post-its for this area so I can take them down when I need to take action on them!
Watch your post in the next week or so as a new SAVI newsletter will be on its way filled with tips & tricks for goal “keeping” from your peers. I see from the green sheets that many of you use a big calendar or lists, would you be willing to share some pictures? If so email them to me & I will share them with the group. I find a calendar doesn’t work for me because I want it to look neat & tidy and I am always adding and re-prioritizing things and I end up re-writing the calendar just so it isn’t a mess! I’m off to enjoy a day mostly in the studio, except for a few errands for a workshop I am teaching tomorrow. Hope you have a great day!
Check this out when you come in out of the sun today, I had to take a break from weeding, overwhelmed by my allergies, so a little surfing and I found this for all of you – enjoy, the sun and the blog! See you all soon 🙂
Someone I know just posted a link to this very sage piece of writing, so I am sharing it with you! I know many of you, like me are busy gearing up for Routes to Art this weekend – don’t forget that success is not only sales, but contacts and publicity. Think about how you will measure the success of the event before you head out, 10 new contacts, 10 sales? And after you have tried 100% don’t beat yourself up if you don’t quite make the goals, celebrate your success and then as this author suggests, pick up from there and continue on down your path.
Also a friendly reminder, your artists statement is due to me and Heather by May 27th, and we are available to offer editing advice before then! And don’t forget to think about the answers to the goal worksheet (green) I handed you at May’s meeting.
If you have any specific topics you would like Jim to address in June relating to the legal side of art making, get them to us ASAP. No guarantees he will be able to cover them, but we can ask!
I hope you get out and enjoy the sun this weekend. And I hope I will see some of you at Routes to Art.
OK this is pretty long, I had to print it to read it… but if you are serious about new venues for your work, well give it a read, senior curator, Michael Darling talks about his job and contemporary art curating.