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12/16/2004: "The Year in Review (i.e. how to put things in perspective and not to be such a drama queen)"
OK, I went a little round the bend yesterday, apologies all around. Believe it or not I am trying to be less negative. I tend to have fairly dramatic mood swings and sometimes things feel more traumatizing than they actually are.
I read Howard’s most recent entry and I like the way he re-capped all the progress that he’s made over the year, a way of focusing on the positive and not dwelling on short-comings so I’m going to do the same.
So here are my top 10 art related accomplishments for the year. I have:
1. Taken over 500 photographs, completed 15+ drawings (not counting sketches and thumbnails), as well as finished 30 oil paintings, (and sold 19 including commissions).
2. Started a collection of artist trading cards.
3. Created this blog roughly a year ago (Nov. 19th 2003)
4. Increased monthly visits to my website from less than 2,000 (Jan. 2004) to over 6,000 (Nov. 2004) with monthly hits going from 28,000 to 100,000 in the same time span.
5. Participated in one group show and had 2 solo exhibits this year plus worked at two art related charity events.
6. Started keeping better records and reinvested profits into new studio equipment including the Adobe suite of pro video and photo editing software, a professional mat cutter, a shrink wrap system, and a higher end digital camera.
7. Had my first archival Giclee’ prints made.
8. Designed business cards for the first time.
9. Developed my own mailing list with over 300 names.
10. Attended my first opening where I didn’t get drunk :crazy: !