I’m always a little behind the times with the New Year’s resolution thing. . . . seems like it takes a couple of weeks after the holidays to get up and running again. I’ve cleaned the studio, gone through the process of false starts, and am finally back at it. Here are a few art resolutions for the New Year:
- Keep better track of my actual working hours.
- Figure out how to sell small work online effectively. Etsy? Supermarket? Any suggestions? I have come to terms with the fact that being an artist in Alaska means embracing the internet more than I’d like to.
- Make more prints. While they don’t sell as well as other work I make, they are the thing that lets me explore ideas most effectively and interest me the most.
- Try and help other artists – particularly younger artists – who want to stay here and make interesting work. A rising tide lifts all boats, they say.
- Spend two days a month just looking at art. It’s way too easy to not pay attention, and it takes extra effort when you live in a place where art is harder to find.
- Apply, apply, apply. Grants, 1%, residencies . . . . also, juried shows. Somewhere along the line I stopped entering juried shows due to increasing expenses, but I need to keep that part of my resume alive. (And it also helps maintain my ability to deal with rejection!)
That’s enough for now, I think. Dora is skeptical.
Tomorrow I fly to Anchorage for a couple of days at the Alaska State Council on the Arts Creative Communities Conference. It looks like an interesting slate of presenters and it will be good to visit with friends and colleagues. The chance to spend a couple of days away from Fairbanks in January has an appeal all of its own. Anchorage and south central Alaska in general is being buried under record snowfall so it could be an interesting travel experience! Here’s a link to the conference website if any of you are considering going: http://www.akarts.org/alaska-arts-and-culture-conference
And in the studio a couple of projects are underway. Here’s a handcolored detail from an edition of woodcut prints for a logo/ fundraiser for a planned folk school called Boreal House:
And I’m also knee-deep in a bunch of modest sized wood panels for a number of different purposes (a belated birthday present, a trade with my website designer, some possible placement in a hospital setting. . )
Though it has been cold here it has been surprisingly snowy, which makes for great trails and a much more beautiful yard. Snow hides a multitude of sins, and dresses up even the littlest larch. Back to work, and time to pack up for the Big City.