Goals for 2019

Happy New Year! As this is my first post of 2019, here is a list of my goals for the next twelve months. Some of them are obtainable. Others, not so much.

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  • Continue to work on my latest, major art project (finishing it in 2019 may not be possible).
  • Continue to work on my short story/novella (same as above).
  • Read more about creative writing skills, grammar and structure.
  • Read more about the art world (past and present).
  • Find people to read my work (and read theirs in return).
  • Take more continuing education courses (I did so last year and loved it).
  • Study for the CAPM exam.
  • Attend more art openings.
  • Network.
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Goals for 2018

Direction is important, so every January, I take a look at the previous year and write a list of goals for the new one. Below, is my list for 2018. Happy New Year!

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  • Continue work on my latest project
  • Reduce production costs
  • Expand distribution channels
  • Develop and increase brand awareness
  • Find new clients
  • Develop networking skills
  • See more local art shows
  • Visit more galleries outside of Toronto
  • Develop business skills

Goals for 2017

Each and every year, I sit down and write a list of artistic goals for the next twelve months. This year’s list is going to take a lot of time and hard work to pull off.

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  • 2016 was a year of transition as I moved both office and home. Now settled, I need to refine my studio practice to best utilize a new (smaller) space. Organization is a must.
  • After spending most of 2016 planning a large body of work, it is time to buckle down and make it all. Should take most of the year – if I’m lucky.
  • Now debt free, I need to create an art budget and stick to it. At the same time, I need to become more efficient with my materials and cut waste.
  • In 2015, I had my first solo exhibition and showed a collection of works I had made through the years. In 2017, I would like to have my second solo exhibition and show a new body of work for the first time. Venue to be announced.

Goals for 2016

Every January, I write a bunch of goals for the upcoming year. I was recently looking at last years list and I’ve decided to keep the same ones for 2016. Here they are.

 

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  • Start new projects
  • Explore new subjects
  • Reduce production costs
  • Raise money for my art business
  • Pay off debt
  • Create and monitor a budget
  • Expand the type of distribution channels where my art is available
  • Develop my brand and increase brand awareness
  • Get new clients
  • Spend more time networking
  • Learn more business skills

Goals for 2015

It’s that time of year again. Time to regroup. Time to reflect. And most importantly, time to set goals. Here then, are my plans for the upcoming year.

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ABOVE: David McDonough, Untitled, mixed media, 17 x 21 x 3 inches

Every artist should have a list of goals. Here are some of mine:

  • Start new projects
  • Explore new subjects
  • Reduce production costs
  • Raise money for my art business
  • Pay off debt
  • Create and monitor a budget
  • Expand the type of distribution channels where my art is available
  • Develop my brand and increase brand awareness
  • Get new clients
  • Spend more time networking
  • Learn more business skills

Goals for 2014

Realist goals are important. Without them, you will get nowhere. Here are some of mine.

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ABOVE: David McDonough, Broken Cloud, mixed media, 14 x 20 x 1.5 inches

Goals are important. Here are some of mine:

  • Make millions off my art.
  • Date models/actresses.

OK…here are some of my realistic goals:

  • Explore new subjects.
  • Utilize new materials.
  • Build my brand and increase awareness.
  • Get my art into more galleries, shows and fairs.
  • Increase the quantity of art I produce.