Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Some Fun Art And Painting Highlights to Reflect On My Second Year In Business
It hit me today that there are just FOUR days left of the year!
These days in the week right before New Year's Day are some of my favorites because the pace tends to feel slower, especially after all the excitement of Thanksgiving zipping right on through to Hanukkah and Christmas (my family celebrates all three, so sometimes that feels extra bustling.)
In this week, I find it super satisfying to reflect back on all that has happened throughout the year. I tend to keep only the past couple months and/or the most negative of happenings in mind at first thought, so it is always eye-opening to truly take the time to glance back at last January and onward. Some of my artist friends and I meet each December to individually share each of our year reflections, and in preparation for that meeting, I have gathered some statistics about how things went. I thought it would be fun to share them here with you.
My word of the year was "depth."
Completed 30 paintings (fewer but most much larger than last year)
and 3 commissions
Smallest piece was 3.5 x 4.5" (my mini snowy trees from the holiday collection).
Largest was 36 x 72" ("The Way It Ought To Be"), which is the biggest painting I've ever created in my entire life.
I participated in 8 out of the 12 exhibits I applied for: 5 juried 2 member 1 solo
4 more originals sold than last year (one over my goal).
More larger sized prints sold this year compared to 2021.
I read 46 books (goal was 50) and am almost done with the 47th
I strived to send out one studio news e-mail per month and only missed one.
Over 45 new people subscribed to my My Inner Circle list.
What a year it has been!
These reflections leave me feeling excited for what is to come in year three and have me ready to ponder and jot down my plans and ideas for 2023. The third year of business feels like a special thing to me, for some reason.
Now, I invite you take a few minutes to reflect on your own year, acknowledging any rough spots, but centering your focus on the gifts that the year has given you, the experiences you've loved, the memories created, the people you've spent time with, and the ways in which you have become more like the person you strive to be. What will you be carrying along with you, what things will you let go of?
Cheers to you on this year's wins! I'm excited for us to begin 2023, and I wish you a very happy New Year!