Big Dream

My current home studio

It used to be that my big dream was to get my work into a gallery. After achieving that, then I had a big dream in 2020 that is actually going to happen in 2021! More on that later when the time gets closer. Now my big dream is to have an away-from-the-home studio where it’s comfortable for those interested in my work to easily come and see my studio space and paintings. I’ve been looking at spaces available and the cost of them for quite some time now to get some ideas for when the time comes that I actually do move my studio space.

Then when I move my studio, my husband and daughter can use the current studio space for a game room and arcade, as they’ve been dreaming of. They would be thrilled I have no doubt.

Don’t get me wrong. I am very grateful for the art studio space I have now, but I am finding that I am quickly running out of space since I am working on larger pieces now. I’m just working on 36x36s, but even those are quite large compared to my 24x24s of 2020. One of my goals for 2021 is to work larger, and to finish a piece each week – larger pieces that I am working on now.

I am imagining my new studio space now — a large painting wall that can accommodate up to six foot canvases, shelves to store canvas, finished paintings, and supplies, over-the-door organizer to hold my paints, work table, small couch across from the painting wall, light gray walls, a floor that won’t matter if paint gets splattered on it, lots of windows for natural lighting, and of course a coffee maker and mini fridge to hold lunch items and snacks. The ideal studio set-up would be in a commercially zoned area where I could also have a small gallery to exhibit my paintings.

I created over 100 (smaller) pieces in 2020, but since I’m going to be working larger this coming year, I decided one painting a week would be a good goal. So if I achieve my goal, I will have created 52 new pieces by the end of 2021. I also have a goal to complete my book by March 15th. 

I plan to create a new promo video by the end of June. I created a promo video in the spring of 2020, but you know how it can be. You can be pleased with the outcome of something, only to not like it at all days, weeks, or months later. Well, yes, that’s what happened with my promo video. I have in mind how I want to create my new one and I’m hoping it will turn out much better than my first video.

I have several other goals as well, so I am hoping to have an awesome upcoming year. I love setting goals and when I meet my goals, I feel a huge sense of accomplishment. Every time I reach a goal, I want to reach even higher for the next.

Speaking of goals, I always create SMART goals. I’ve talked about this before, but in case you’re new to my site, SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based. It’s good to talk about this now since the start of the new year is almost here. Some examples of SMART goals would be: 1) To finish 52 paintings by the end of 2021, 2) To create a promo video by June 30th, 2021, and 3) To write 52 blog posts by the end of 2021.

I am looking forward to a great year and I hope you are too! What goals do you have for 2021?