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Revisiting Goals

January 23, 2009

tierra-12-sm1

Tierra 12 – Acrylic on Wood Panel
Abstract Painting 16 x 16 x 2″
Available at Michael Murphy Gallery

Today was our monthly Brava meeting. I always leave there feeling inspired and ready to do some art.  This was the one-year anniversary of our first goal-setting meeting, at which we worked on our personal professional goals as well as goals for the group. At the time we agreed to come back and share our thoughts about what worked and what didn’t. It was amazing to see how much our individual and group perspectives have changed in just a year’s time.

But that shouldn’t come as such a big surprise, given the changes in the economy and the subtle shifts in people’s priorities in general, and those of the art-buying public. A few of us felt that running off in different directions trying to give our group a higher regional profile just didn’t feel like what we wanted to do right now. Instead, we each want to focus in on our own work in an even more serious way. A few of us want to direct our efforts more toward selling venues and less toward attending workshops and retreats. Others want to scale back the group shows and work hard toward one really spectacular solo show. None of us wanted to pursue group projects on a grand scale.

Add to that some big changes in each of our personal lives that unavoidably impact our professional lives. As an artist who just happens to be a woman, I know that my work is seldom unaffected by the needs of those close to me. And it sometimes shows up in my work and in my ability to be productive. It’s a fact of life that I’ve long since quit complaining about. I still feel pretty agile even juggling it all and grateful that I don’t have to do it backwards and in high heels.

Still I think we’ve made amazing strides over the past year, even if we didn’t hit all of the ideal goals that we set for ourselves. It was unanimously agreed that the goal-setting exercise helped us keep our focus even when the circumstances didn’t permit us to completely carry each one through. Now we will proceed to revise, edit, and rewrite our new and improved goals for 2009.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2009 7:09 am

    I really like this painting. And it must be just wonderful to have a group of like-minded individuals to gather with occasionally. It seems that everyone, in every aspect of life, is scaling back, and I think it shows in your group’s decisions. And the personal side of life is affected, too. My daughter is an attorney primarily handling family law, with a focus on children. Somewhat out of necessity she becomes involed in domestic relations cases. She is extremely busy right now. In our county, she tells me that mortgage foreclosures and divorce filings are inundating the courts, and that often they go hand-in-hand. Kind of hard to make art when your life is falling apart.

  2. January 24, 2009 12:09 pm

    Thanks Mary, It is wonderful, and we are learning more and more about why it works for us. We are seeing that it only works when it helps each one of us individually. Otherwise, why give it that kind of time.

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