2016 art intentions

I have been sleeping in my studio over the Christmas holidays - I don't do this often and it is usually because I have extra visitors. But I love it! My studio is the third bedroom in my house but I have a bit of block about letting anyone sleep in there so I happily give up my bed when I have extra visitors and vacate to a very comfy fold up bed - it feels good to sleep with my work around me and it is also an opportunity to have a good tidy up so I can organise a small space to put up the bed and my few night time things.

I woke up this morning (the last in my studio as I return to my own bedroom tonight) thinking about my 2016 art intentions (not resolutions as they feel like a struggle whilst intentions feel exciting!). I have been struck down by ill health over the past few months so it feels very important to get back into a working routine. I have also struggled with establishing a routine since the completion of my MA in July this year. So it feels like the right time to establish some boundaries and adventures for the next year ahead!

Art intentions 2016
Give my blog and website a make over
Write a weekly blog post
Do a drawing everyday (even if it is only a quick 5 min sketch)
Research and produce a new body of work to include drawings and prints
Use my journal each week
Spend 3 days in the studio each week (min)
Submit work for 4 exhibitions
Visit at least one London exhibition (this didn't happen this year for financial and health reasons)

In terms of professional developement I have booked a weekend workshop to make some new collagraph plates with Mary Gillett mid January and I intend applying for the Dartmoor Arts Summer School in July (I had such a wonderfully creative time last summer and met some lovely people too). I will also continue with Richard Allman's very enjoyable and challenging drawing course as I missed several sessions last term.

It feels like a positive start - I haven't made the list too long as I want it to be achievable - I intend to add to list as the year progresses

So I wish myself and anyone reading this - A very happy, abundant and ARTY 2016