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10-31-2010, 09:26 PM

Welcome the the Goal Post. Goal setting is a very good tool to help people get organized. If you write or post your thoughts, you are more committed and have a better chance of reaching those goals.

Your goals can be short term or long term. They can be daily, weekly, monthly or annual goals. Goals are personal, so everybody's goals will be different. They are your goals, so you can do what ever you want.

Come join the regular gang and get encouragement to help you reach your goals. We have a very friendly group and we are always looking for new people to join us.


11-01-2010, 08:01 AM
Doug, thanks for hosting again!

My goals:

I will make a christmas card of the still-life painting I did last year when all the christmas stuff was out anyway.

I will send two Christmas card paintings to someone who might want them for the official card of their organisation. (No promises given to me, very much a maybe, but I'll take the chance and try.)

I will have an Open Studio event, on the 20th. I'm committed, first invitation is sent out, so... =:-o

-Clean the house and studio (I'd need Hercules, this is the stable of Aegea, or was it A-something else?)
-Paint at least 4 more paintings
-Re-invite (remind)
-Frame and hang
-plus all those little things like snacks etc

And a major goal for next year: Plan for an Open Studio, or an exhibition, to be held in October. No last minute scrambling again!

11-01-2010, 11:03 AM
Hi all,
Surfaced from under my rock again. Not enough painting being done in my life currently.
1) get a double portrait commission done.
2) paint a few small paintings for an Christmas arts and crafts sale in the middle of the month.
3) Be the artist in residence at gallery/cafe for a week in a neighbouring town as well as host a mono-print workshop for teens one night there.
4) Still need to paint my Red Poppy.
5) Considering joining Pastel Artists of Canada, but may delay that one to December when it slows down a bit.
6) Try to get out from under my rock and be more sociable on WC.
7) post a couple of recent paintings to the gallery.

Doug, thanks for hosting the Goal Post, it does help me organize my thoughts and practice.
Charlie, good luck with the Open Studio event, it will get crazy busy but you will rise to the occasion and rock!

11-01-2010, 03:48 PM
Charlie- Another open studio is a great idea. Even though you will be run off your feet, it will be well worth it. Good luck with planning ahead for next year. Your Christmas card will be a winner and if the organization picks your card to use, it could be very profitable.

So if we don't hear from you for a while, we will know you are busy framing, hanging, cooking, mailing, resting...... Good luck with everything.

Terri- Welcome back! You have some very good goals and they will guide you back to painting and creating. I hope the show at the gallery/cafe goes well for you and you sell lots at the arts and crafts sale.

You have been away for a while, so I don't think you have heard the latest in my life. My wife got her dream job in Salmon Arm. She is already there and I am still in Houston until the house sells. I remember you saying after she got shot down for an internal job, that some company will appreciate her experience and talents and snap her up. So true. And in Salmon Arm! :D Anyway, I thought I would let you know the latest.

Okay, now for my goal setting. This month, The Spotlight is on reflections and that just happens to reflect (pun intended:evil: ) on what I wanted to work on this month. I have a few photos that I want to paint, but I want to practice first. So, keeping in mind that I have a longer trip to make this month (if my body lets me), my goals for November are:

1) Participate in The Spotlight and paint two paintings from the photos.
2) Paint two other paintings from the photos I took last month.
3) Practice painting water (not to post, but just no pressure practice).
4) Finish the colored pencil still life I started last month.
5) Play and experiment with my colored pencils.
6) By February 1, 2011, I will have a blog set up.

I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but what the heck. I have to do something, so it might as well be art.:D

Good luck to all and thanks for participating in this thread.


11-01-2010, 04:23 PM
Charlie, looks like you've got a very busy Month ahead. Erm, I haven't received my invite yet! lol. Next year my friend and I are thinking of having an open studio (but at our local framers as he has the space). Any tips would be appreciated.

Terri, good to *see* you. That's a good lot of goals! Good luck with them.

Doug, Thanks for hosting again. When I see this thread it helps me to form my goals and make them real!
You GO with those goals! I'll *see* you in the Spotlight challenge!

My goals for the month -
1, at least 2 for the Spotlight, first one should be this week
2, finish tweaking an Autumn landscape painting for the PGE challenge....make it great!! (hmm, we'll see)
3, take photos up the road on a sunny day with the sun slanting at the right angle to use as a ref for a 2nd entry to the PGE challenge. If I can't meet this it'll be because the sun doesn't shine or I can't get out there when it is! (and before anyone says it, it can't be plein air as the road is too narrow and cars won't wait for me to move all my gear so they can pass!!)
4, practice towards a decent self portrait for the Dec/Jan PGE challenge. I did 2 today, both Mike Beeman style and without wearing my glasses (never painted without them before) and they both turned out quite reasonable, surprisingly. But neither of them look like me! The girl won't keep still!!!
5, do a painting of some leaves for a fun challenge which I started on the PGE site
6, do an animal painting. haven't done one for ages...

Guess that's enough!

11-01-2010, 06:03 PM
Terri, Doug, Ruthie, great goals!

I can Tick one, I ordered the christmas cards today (my own). (Was supposed to have a tech inside my computer today, but it will be tomorrow instead.)

Terri, some socialising is good, joining a society is a good idea.

Ruthie, anyone signed up for my newsletter has received an invite.... :-) (Not soliciting, joking with my friend Ruthie.) The Sun-problem, I know that one. I might get good light if I climb onto the roof of the house, but then again, it might take two months for the clouds to lift... (I've been *really* motivated to learn how to take a pic indoors, and to photoshop it decent.) Portrait, well, you have to tell the model to sit still or else!

Doug, I have a maid, he's called 'a husband'. :-D

Having an Open Studio isn't so bad, really. No travelling, no being let into the venue 4 hours before opening to hang... No scrambling to take it down in time for the next person to take over. I can do it bit by bit over the next few weeks. Low cost, but also lower turn-up (turn-out?), and higher percentage of 'partygoers', it is way more social, while any other venue is more business.

11-01-2010, 09:42 PM
Doug, thanks for hosting again! You've got some great goals. Hope to see that blog, I'm looking forward to reading it - no pressure, you have till February.

Charlie - you're feeling ambitious this month! Great goals.

Terri, glad to see you again here! Yay for your goals, they do sound ambitious.

Ruthie, good luck on making your model sit still! Great goals you have. Hope you get some sun for that landscape shoot. You could always snap a self portrait photo out there with sun on one side of your face to help with the wiggly model situation.

My goals for November have slimmed down, partly due to today being a really bad day for my back and joints.

1. NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org) - "Sabertooth" is my 2010 novel. I want to start editing as soon as it's done and try to have it in submission shape by December 10th to send it out on my birthday.

2. Save at least $100 this month.

3. "Page a Day" sketchbook challenge in Art Journals thread.

4. Declutter a bit if that's possible.

Maybe setting a flat amount for savings is the way to keep spending in check. I just had cat food and other mundane expenses come up and turn out higher than expected so I'll have to really ride that one out and try not to shop on bad days when my judgment is faulty. Cat food is always a major priority!

11-02-2010, 11:15 AM
Excellent news, Doug. Salmon Arm seems like a really nice community. We used to stop there in the summer when we were doing the family trek from Vancouver Island to Alberta before we moved here. I had some concern for you and yours with the fires in the interior this past summer.
Ruthie, you mentioned the Mike Beeman style of doing a portrait, is there a thread where I can reference this? I notice Betsy Priestly had done a portrait of a Viking woman using this style as well. It sounds like you will be getting fairly dusty this month.
Robert, bummer about the body aches, I hope you have some great days sooner than later. Enjoy your editing, i've heard of NaNoWriMo from a few people here in Canada as well. Decluttering should be on the list for me as well but I think I will shift that one down to December.
Charlie, the pastel artists of Canada is more of an online thing for me rather than an up close and personal thing. I might also get my act together about doing a website with it as well. December goal. An Open Studio sounds like a great idea for you where you can have some fun as well.
Take care all!

11-02-2010, 01:51 PM
Terri, here you go! http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733061
Charlie, better sign up for the newsletter then! Shame that I really can't come to your open studio. But maybe some day.....
Robert, Good luck with finishing the novel. The page a day, I'm sure you'll manage as you've got used to filling up your sketchbooks. the money thing you can manage but keep away from the pastel/art material retail sites!

11-02-2010, 02:22 PM
Thanks Ruthie.

11-02-2010, 10:48 PM
Ruthie, absolutely. I must avoid Dakota and Blick at all costs or I will truly be sunk. I've spent my November budget already - bought a nice wood box full range secondhand set of Sakura artist grade oil pastels that has all the colors. Happily, I still have my beautiful new Unisons set sitting next to me to stroke, drool at, anticipate and cut loose with when I get ahead with my novel.

I'm keeping that out and its wonderful colors are helping me to avoid buying still more pastels, at least until I've hauled out some good sanded paper and done a good painting with them. That may take a while!

Yesterday I did one chapter and one page in the "underground comics" style. Somehow that stuck. Today I did three more chapters, current total word count on the novel is 11,568 words (or just past a fifth of the way to the basic length, more like 1/8 of my planned total length) and another comics page, got a little silly on it and had fun. For some reason drawing after writing is bringing out the cartoonist in me.

Serious art may come a bit later when I'm further along, especially in the editing stage where I'll desperately need to get creative after all the brain-busting critical work. But the cartoon style works to get it done and do both in a day - it's more narrative.

Nada on decluttering. I've been up since 8 in the morning and I'm starting to get wobbly as it is, did lots today. That'll wait till I have a really good day for moving around.

11-03-2010, 06:30 AM
I'd love to meet you all in real life, what a wonderful thought! Of course you're all welcome!

Rob, it seems to me that a 24 step program (12 isn't enough ;-) for pastel addicts would be a good thing... :-) Think SF (as in California), and set that aside first of all, never to be touched, ever, until the move is realized. You *can* do it!

11-03-2010, 01:11 PM
Doug – thanks much for hosting. I see the benefit of writing/committing to goals – just haven’t made time or effort to do it. Nice to have someone lead us!! Good luck w/your goals. Hope the house sells this month so you can move to Salmon Arm. It looks positively gorgeous there!

Charlie – very ambitious goals!! Wish I could attend the open studio. Know it will be a rousing success!!! Keep us posted – we’ll want to hear all the details!!

Terri – great goals & nice to see you posting again! I can’t wait to see your poppy painting. Am a big fan of your flowers!!

Ruthie – you do keep busy!! When do you sleep?! Will look for your posts in the spotlight!! Good luck w/the rest of your goals.

Rob – am really inspired by you! I started reading the Goal Post last month and followed your struggle to get the sketchpad done. Bravo for finishing! :clap: I knew you could do it. Was rooting for you the whole way!! I am amazed and in awe of your talents -- to write and do art! Good luck w/your goals and hope the weatherman brings you lovely weather!

Ok – here are my goals. I’m going to keep this simple. I joined a pastel society several months ago. Lovely people by the way. They offer a page on their website to showcase each artist’s work & contact info. I haven’t sent them anything yet. SO -- First goal – I will create 4 pastel paintings this month that I can post on their website that have merit! I’ll post them in the Pastel Gallery and hope for c & c’s before I send them to the pastel society! Second goal -- I will complete 1 pastel painting for the November Spotlight. Third goal – I will create 10-15 small (5x7) pastel paintings for a craft show I’ve been invited to participate in next month.

That should keep me busy! Look forward to following this thread and staying motivated. Keep painting! Shea

11-03-2010, 02:24 PM
Shea, glad you joined us! Great goals! While we may not always reach the goals we set, it seems this thread really helps keep focus so quite a lot more gets done than with no goals at all.

An open studio is like any coffee party... well, nearly... but with showing paintings added to it, and one never knows how many people will turn up. Or if any sales will be made. So, I've kept it down to three hours, as I can't just open the door and let people in and sink back into the sofa. Hafta be Hostess.

11-03-2010, 03:48 PM
Wow, you all have such lofty goals. My goals this month are simple.

1) Paint out with my painting buddy at least once.

2) Participate more in the pastel forum and post at least one painting.

3) Continue with the Virtual Paintout and contribute at least one painting.

4) Photo and organize my pastel paintings. I have not framed any yet.

5) Organize my pastels to make them easier for me to use.

I just put this on my to do list! So, I will see how that works.

11-03-2010, 08:50 PM
OMgoodness, Charlie those are some lofty and excellent goals. Good luck with your open studio! Terri. . .artist in residence, wow. That sounds so cool.

Doug, great goals and I do look forward to seeing your blog when ready!

Ruthie, most excellent goals. . . I would love to see your self portraits. . . I like Mike's style. . . it is sort somewhat similiar to Alicia's (at least the last one he posted was, is that the style you mean . . . the taking a break one?). And I'm with you on the animal one. . . my fav subject! Yahoo, fun times.

Robert, wonderful goals. . . that novel is a BIG one. Intense. And I so hear you about the cat food, but for me its dog food. I think I spend more on dog food a month than I do on food for me and I am SO VERY serious. Good luck on your goals.

Shea, good luck on your goals. That craft show sounds fun. Will you be selling your four paintings?!

Sue B., your goals might be simple but they sound very good to me. Good luck with them. Organization is so important and something that I could sure use more of myself.


1. Work on more pet portrait project atc and finish as many as I can (I'm not going to set a number since I bombed on that last month!)

2. Complete the "Page a Day" sketchbook challenge.

3. Join the local art association (I joined the pastel society last month, but the local art assn. has shows and contests for members and its own gallery too)

4. Complete a painting of my roommate's dog she has asked me to do.

5. Organize my art area better. . . its spread all over the living room and is taking over!

6. Do a painting with the pan pastels I got in a swap last month

Thank you.

11-04-2010, 02:08 AM
Shea, those are great goals! Very ambitious all those small paintings too, looks like you're going to be doing a lot. That rocks! Thanks!

Sue, yours are great too. Organizing your pastels will make the rest so much more inviting, always happens for me.

Rainy, yayy! Yours are fantastic - I'm looking forward to seeing that Pans painting since I'm already using all the goodies from my end of the swap.

Day 3 Success: a chapter and two halves, plus did my page, which for once is an actual sketch-for-illustration half serious instead of just a cartoon/doodle. It came out as a good layout if undetailed. I didn't get up early so this is enormous progress for a short day. Zilch on the decluttering, but I managed not to go shopping, so one day closer to the savings goal.

11-04-2010, 08:10 AM
Hi there...Great Goals, Everyone!
guess it's about time I checked in with some goals, myself...
I will do at least one challenge
I will experiment with colors I dont ordinarily use
I will sketch something, for at least 10 minutes each day
I will mat 3 (for a bin) and submit 3 framed for a show that starts the end
of November
May add more as I go along...but enough for now...

11-04-2010, 09:10 AM
Yikes! I added my goals to my task list in Outlook and it popped up, in red, this morning! Did I mention that I am a list person? So really, this thread is a good one for me.

Robert, I strive to be organized, but somehow I never reach that goal completely. Decluttering is on my personal, everday list and I am working on that every day! Spending less time on line needs to be added to my list.

Doug, Thanks for the motivation! I know I am more likely to actually get the job done, when it's in print.

I better get moving.

11-05-2010, 12:00 AM
A last minute revision of my goals!!!


1. Work on more pet portrait project atc and finish as many as I can.
2. Complete the "Page a Day" sketchbook challenge.
3. Join the local art association
4. Complete a painting of my roommate's dog she has asked me to do.
5. Organize my art area better
6. Do a painting with the pan pastels I got in a swap last month
7. Take an evening pastel class

They are FINALLY offering an evening class at the art center starting in a few weeks. I am so, so excited. I called and left my sign up info tonight as soon as I got the email. Its a six week course, one night a week.

11-05-2010, 11:17 AM
Rainy, Judi, good goals!

Rob, good going already!

Tick: One painting (a Spotlight) finished! And a Good Thing: I got juried into the group Swedish Artists (http://www.svenskakonstnarer.se/start/plus_artist.php?chr=8&aid=3263)! They were very very nice when they called (today!, so I'm all excited) and told me I'd been accepted. It was so interesting that I worked in such an unusual and rare medium, and they thought my art is accomplished and 'good'. They said many make sales through the listing on their site! As a poor starving artist, that is very interesting!

11-05-2010, 02:20 PM
Just checked my goals...had already forgotten what they were! Well, I tweaked the Autumn landscape and it is better. Great? No, but good enough as a respectable entry to the challenge.
Haven't done a spotlight one this week afterall but I will soon.
Forget the photo of the sun slanting through the honey coloured leaves of the Oaks along a local road...and the sunlight dancing and making patterns on the lane. No sun at the right time and yesterday we had gales so most of the leaves have gone.

Shea, good for you! Get your work out there!

SueB, Good goals, simple but challenging nevertheless.....especially the sorting pastels one. I like making lists too but you have to weigh that up with actually doing things I find!

Rainy, also good goals and the evening pastel class sounds great!

Robert, well done!

Judi, good luck with the show!

Charlie, congratulations for being accepted as an artist in your own country. Not before time! That's a lovely painting on the site with the bridge and the Willows. Is it Giverny? (lol)

11-05-2010, 03:07 PM
Thanks Ruthie! You teaser (the Giverny is from Ruthie's ref pic). It was the only one I had available at the moment when I made the application (to fill out the numbers to 5). I have some 10 paintings that are 'locked', that is, reserved, for juried shows, and I can't show them until I know that I didn't get in.

11-05-2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks Charlie and Ruthie. . . I am all signed up. But they told me that they have to have at least four for the class to be a "GO" and so far only two of us. Crossing my fingers!!!

Any other WC folks in SoCal who might like to join me?

11-05-2010, 04:47 PM
One down. Just posted my spotlight painting.

Charlie, Congratulations on your latest acheivement.

Ruthie, I moved my goal list over to Outlook, so I could follow it better.

Rainy, Wish I could be there in sunny CA with you. It's freezing today in VA.

11-05-2010, 08:59 PM
Rainy, great goals! That class sounds wonderful, glad you found one! Wish I was there, I'd sign up too. Good luck finding two more interested people. Maybe take your pastels outside for plein air and recruit when people stop to see what you're doing.

Charlie, congratulations on getting juried in! You deserve that! Glad it'll help your sales too. Yay for Spotlight too, going to have to go over and see that now.

Sue, congrats on your Spotlight painting, another reason to go over there.

Two chapters today. 38,301 words so far. One sketch. Page A Day continues. I still haven't spent anything. Wish me luck on 25 more days of that. And today... I put away a box of kneaded erasers and a watercolor set. I also stacked some books back on the shelf and put away a set of watercolor pencils. So decluttering has had at least a token effort!

I only need one of each medium handy at the moment. Not the multiple sets that stack up when I go on a bender. I have Unisons pastels, Raffine colored pencils and WC pencils, two or three boxes of oil pastels but one always lives down there, the other's small and the third is new, and way too many little bottles and accessories and this and that.

I'll keep thinning the ranks and finding sensible places for things as time goes by. But I made space on my easel!

11-06-2010, 07:43 AM
Robert, Sounds like you are making good progress with your book. I have been on the Dakota, Blick bender too, plus I made a visit to an art store on a trip to CA, last month. So.... I totally understand the declutter goal. In fact, my husband just told me a few minutes ago that my latest shipment was on the porch this AM. That would be my pastel trays. Yea! That means next week I can isolate the bulk of my hard pastels. My weekends are always pretty much spent with my husband and not painting. All of my goals have to be worked on during the week. Keep at the bppk/artwork/declutter work and it will all come together.

11-07-2010, 01:35 AM
Sue, that sounds so great! Pastel trays will help a lot with decluttering. The ones I got for my Pans sure did. Yay for reorganizing your pastels!

Today was another big day. Four chapters. Reached 50,000 - the basic goal of Nanowrimo, I am now a Winner on Day 6... but the hard part lies ahead when I reach the end of the book and keep going by making the editing part of the same project. 50,661 word count. Fuzzy cubs have finally been born, I did the day's sketchbook project sketch with two tries at the cubs from imagination. I figured they'd look a lot like newborn lion cubs.

Decluttering... I put away a book. Every little bit counts.

11-08-2010, 02:22 PM
WTG, Robert!

I'm going to call this week to find out if the class is a go. . . it is supposed to start on next Monday. If it is not going to go, then I might sign up instead for a two day workshop in December instead. . . that one is not pastels but it sounds fun.

11-08-2010, 02:28 PM
Yeay!, Robert.

Rainy, "makin' lemonade", good!

Me, sick, tummy upset and in pain, no fun. Little done.

11-08-2010, 04:50 PM
Making progress now that the weekend is over. I unpacked the new Dakota trays and loaded one with hard pastels. The other is loaded with softies and the tray with the hard ones is on top, so I will be sure to start my painting with them.

Painted a palm tree for the Virtual Paintout. If I still like it tomorrow, I will submit that.

That leaves me with only two (2) more tasks. A painting excursion and starting to photo and organizie my pastel paintings.

Oh, and I have a pot of soup simmering on the stove! A productive day indeed!

Rainy, I hope you get into your class. I hate it when I pass up other opportunities and then the class is a "no go". Good thing you are checking the other options out.

Charlie, Hope you feel better soon!

11-08-2010, 05:29 PM
Wow, the goal post is off and running! Something like 30 posts ahead of me!

I'm trying to figure out how to make best use of my time, now that the time has changed and the light is virtually gone when i get home. The lighting in my house is dim- more black and white is the obvious solution-so i think i will work on sketches in the eves-like get out a bunch of my art books and copy the old masters. It will be good practice. The color will have to wait for the weekends. I'm in the midst of a pen and ink/watercolor so i'm happy that this is a short week at school, so i can return to it on Thursday.

So that is my only goal for now- best of luck to everyone on your goals. Oh, my other goal will be to check in here again soon!

11-11-2010, 12:14 AM
Charlie, hope you're feeling better. Getting sick is no fun. Rest well, lots of liquids, pamper yourself, make hubby wait on you.

Rainy, good idea if the class has been canceled. Either way you'll have something to learn and grow with. Either would be fun.

Sue, congratulations on the palm tree for Virtual Paintout and organizing your pastels. That sounds so great! And soup! Congratulations! Good luck on "photo and organize paintings," another task that'll be great joy once done with upkeep much easier.

Rachel, that's a good idea. I've got the same situation, when it gets dark I've got a little circle of light around my Daylight lamp and that's it. That's still better than what I used to have with just a normal light bulb till I got that. But sketching in black and white does so much - it didn't seem like that till I started doing it steadily for a month or two, then I started seeing how fast I was progressing in everything. Now it's an unshakeable habit.


My novel's at 82,113 words and the next to last chapter is done. It broke my heart. This book has a tragic ending and the character Elder is a true hero in every sense of the word, she is amazing. Today I had to make myself write her terrible accident. Tomorrow, her death in the La Brea tar pit.

Day after tomorrow, the hardest part: begin the edits. No deadline on finishing them. On December 10th, I'll send out the one I edited last year to a new publisher - it's still as ready as it was last year. But if I can get a steady daily edits habit in, then when I write these novels it'll all be one seamless process - start, finish. Block it in, refine it, detail it, send it out.

Charlie, your pastel method actually helped my writing because it does transpose. Thank you. Emphasis and focal point also matter in a story.

Sketchbook Project/Page A Day: still rolling for ten days of Page A Day now. Yesterday's is posted because I couldn't get on the site when I got it done yesterday, so posted it to Facebook instead.

Decluttering... er... (whistles, looks around)... I petted and fed the cat. It was much more important, right? Then I couldn't get up to put things away while he was nailed to my lap. (C'mere, now, fast, come on, there you go! My good little furry excuse!)

He shedded lots of Cat Hairs of Inspiration so I'm sharing them with you across the wild woolly (cat-haired) Internet...

11-11-2010, 07:46 PM
Today I finished my novel.

I blew my savings to smithereens on the Dakota clearing out sale grabbing a 36 color set of Winsor & Newton soft pastels. Ooops. But they were so cheap! I'd wanted to try them for years, how could I resist them at 2/3 off list price?

There's always next month to try.

No decluttering. Did do my daily page of sketching.

11-11-2010, 08:23 PM
Robert, That's great news! Congratulations! Now comes the hard part as you whittle it down with the editing? I hope you are celebrating your accomplishment.

I have been moving along at a rapid pace myself. May surf Rio tonight, in search of another Virtual Paintout location to paint. Tried to get moving on the photography project and became side tracked. I scrubbed a piece I hated (first time ever) instead of discarding it. It was on Pastelbord and I really haven't made friends with Pastelbord yet. I always fight with it; sometimes I win but most often it does. Keeping at it and hoping I'm the winner.

11-12-2010, 06:38 AM
Robert, congrats on finishing the novel!! Well done! The savings.....well there's always next month!
Sue, surfing Rio sounds like fun!

11-12-2010, 07:57 AM
Robert, congratulations to finishing novel!

Thanks, I'm better, took much longer than I thought, though.

Started the decluttering of my home.... gargantuan task, I'm really not a neatnick, I tend to drop things where I am, and then move on, so cleaning means a lot of de-cluttering. Funny, I never grew out of it.

All present paintings are framed, a couple needs wires, that's all.

First invitations sent out, time to send the next batch. You are more than welcome to visit!

11-12-2010, 09:38 AM
Charlie, You are moving right along with your goal list. Frankly the task of framing is what I consider a huge chore and you already have done that! Thanks for the invitation. It's a mighty big pond to cross, so I have to send my regrets. It would be nice to see your lovely work in person though. Are they postcards of your work or do you keep everyone in suspense? What do you send out as reminders?

11-12-2010, 09:56 AM
Congrats to Robert & Charlie, for your successes with your goals.

I'm working on sketching and a couple of things which I will be posting.
no challenges attempted yet, though...
But it's only the middle of the month, so there's still time......

11-12-2010, 10:14 AM
Thanks, I need all encouragement, cleaning house is so fun... :-)

Sue, with my website there is an e-marketing system included, so I send out newsletters. And when I can get my husband to do the job, I also use the regular email. We call some, and some elderly people who are not on the net get *real* postcards, by snail-mail! (If you're interested in a site like that, let me recommend you.)

I usually try to frame as I paint (learned it the hard way....), so when I have 2 to 4 paintings finished, I frame them. That way, there are only 1 to 4 paintings to frame in the last week, if even that. I frame simply, with poster frames, even the glass-and-clips variety. Then I have some 'empty frames' I can hold over the very simple ones. Keeps them engaged, trying this frame and that, and often they order one of the frames, which I get from a good local framer.

As my livingroom wall is my 'display window' anyway, most of the stuff already are up, but I need to make it neat, move them around, put in new hooks/move hooks, that kind of thing.

After the Open Studio, I'll send out Christmas Cards (painted last year), with some extra goodies in them, like cupons for customers, and more cards of paintings.

11-12-2010, 05:12 PM
Charlie, You are one super organized woman. I took a look at your website and it's really nicely laid out; not to mention the juicy art! When I am ready for a website to market my work, yes, I will seek your recommendation.

I think you have a teriffic idea about how to present your art at your open house. The idea of keeping your guests engaged in the re-framing process is really quite a good idea.

Here is wishing you a sucessful event! And just think, afterwards your home is all tidy for the holidays.

11-12-2010, 05:37 PM
Oh, dear, Sue, if I could be 'superorganized' from the *start*... seems I have to learn the hard way. Anyhow, once the system is set up, it becomes a habit, and then everything starts to get simple ... er... simpler.

Tidy for the holidays... there is a whole month to re-clutter... :-) which I usually manage in exactly 5 seconds. All is perfect, so I make a cup of tea and take to the livingroom, recline with a few books and a mag, the phone rings so I answer and bring it to the livingroom, and a snack would be nice so a package of candy bars migrate there, and they have Wrappers! Then DH comes in with the snail-mail and...

At least, it will be clean, if cluttery. LOL!

Will PM you.

11-14-2010, 02:00 PM
Mid-month update.


1. Work on more pet portrait project atc and finish as many as I can.
2. Complete the "Page a Day" sketchbook challenge. - Doing great at this, more than one page a day many of the days in fact.
3. Join the local art association
4. Complete a painting of my roommate's dog she has asked me to do.
5. Organize my art area better
6. Do a painting with the pan pastels I got in a swap last month
7. Take an evening pastel class - I was supposed to hear on Friday but did not, so I am assuming this class is not going to go since its supposed to begin Monday. I will call then to be sure just in case.

Have not really done any of the other goals so far. Yipes! I have been experimenting alot in my sketchbook this month with new things and I also have gotten almost all of my Christmas shopping done because I wanted to be finished before the holiday season sat in and the rush started. Maybe will have better luck with the rest of the goals in second part of the month.

Congrats to all on your accomplishments so far!

11-17-2010, 05:51 PM
Hi Gang

Sorry I haven't checked in here for a while, but I have had "things" getting in the way. Nothing really bad, but just stuff piling up. One "thing" is not being able to paint with pastels as often as I want, so when I do get a chance to paint, it seems like I am learning all over again.:confused: I have come up with a plan, but it will have to wait for the move.

I bought a new sketchbook and started doing some pencil sketches and drawings. It has put my mind at ease. I DO remember how to draw.:lol: I even found a clutch pencil I forgot I ordered from my good friend Dick Blick. Anyway, it is getting me back into art and hopefully next month I will be able to get back into the swing of things.

In the next little while, I have to make another trip. I won't have internet access for a few days while I am away, but you guys are doing fine keeping this thread going without me. You are all doing a great job on your goals. Congratulations to Charlie and Robert on your accomplishments. Both of you show what can happen when you put your nose to the grindstone.:thumbsup:

Happy painting.


11-17-2010, 05:57 PM
Oh Doug, thanks for posting! You made me look at my goals to see how I'm doing.

These are they

My goals for the month -
1, at least 2 for the Spotlight, first one should be this week tick!
2, finish tweaking an Autumn landscape painting for the PGE challenge....make it great!! (hmm, we'll see)Tick!...well it isn't great....
3, take photos up the road on a sunny day with the sun slanting at the right angle to use as a ref for a 2nd entry to the PGE challenge. If I can't meet this it'll be because the sun doesn't shine or I can't get out there when it is! (and before anyone says it, it can't be plein air as the road is too narrow and cars won't wait for me to move all my gear so they can pass!!)tick! And I've done the painting and entered it too!
4, practice towards a decent self portrait for the Dec/Jan PGE challenge. I did 2 today, both Mike Beeman style and without wearing my glasses (never painted without them before) and they both turned out quite reasonable, surprisingly. But neither of them look like me! The girl won't keep still!!!Tried another but I seem to be getting worse at keeping still lol so I'm gonna set that aside and pick myself and the mirror up again next month
5, do a painting of some leaves for a fun challenge which I started on the PGE site......Haven't started yet.....
6, do an animal painting. haven't done one for ages...started....in progress

So I think I'm doing pretty well and can pat myself on the back!

11-18-2010, 08:50 AM
Doug, yeah, take it easy, we'll survive without you, but we'll miss you! "Both of you show what can happen when you put your nose to the grindstone." Yep, nose gets flat and rather gory. :-)

Rainy, good going.

Ruthie, good going too.

Me, aaaaaarghhhhh!!! Last night, I learned a month in advance that my stuff was not accepted into a local show, so now I have 5 paintings to add to my site, and to fix the framing of, and to suddenly get onto walls and I was already out of space! Luckily, I have a number of easels to put up. Fixing this has taken a workday, so I'm running out of time!

Most of the de-cluttering done, so with a couple more framing stuff to do, I mean when they're done, I can start the vacuuming and wiping phase.

Eeeek! I'm stressed...

11-20-2010, 01:42 AM
Yikes Charlie, that's so rough! I can't imagine why they didn't want your paintings, I mean, I'd probably want all of them if I had the money and wall space. Yeesh. Yay for decluttering and framing. Good luck!

Go Ruthie and Rainy and Doug!

Owww ... I am behind again. I lost a week of sick days. Rallied to make up two lost days on the 16th and just posted five pages on the page a day that were, most of them, made up on the 12th and 16th. But then on the 17th back to sleeping like my cat and getting nothing done.

I got my new pastels and don't feel good enough to use either set of new pastels yet, which is immensely frustrating. But they're here and safe and absolutely cool, glorious between my Rembrandts and Art Spectrums. I spend some of my sick time just staring at all the pretty colors waiting to feel better. Works really well with that plexiglass cover Unisons set that's still out right in reach in case I feel up to it.

So... blooey on Page A Day. Blooey on Edit Every Day. Blooey on Quit Spending, but I found out that I'd been confused and have not drained my account to zilch. I just didn't save anything extra - used up all the slack I had left myself on that sale. So now I don't feel so bad about blowing the savings goal, it's still sort of there, just at minimum. And the pastels were really at a great price, 2/3 off list, it was a huge bargain. I hope others got them on that speedy clearance thing, they are sweet.

I did get one goal in. I began my edits. So if I have still more sick days, I have that minimum - I have started the edits.

Sometimes if I put my nose to the grindstone, I fall asleep and sand my nose off.

11-20-2010, 10:47 AM
"Sometimes if I put my nose to the grindstone, I fall asleep and sand my nose off." :lol: :lol: :lol:

Robert, never mind about the goals. You can't help getting sick! Hope you're on the mend now. We missed you! :wave:

11-21-2010, 06:56 AM
Robert, aw, this season is hard on you, and you've got a lot done in spite of being sick.

Me, well, I'm wiped out today, had my Open Studio yesterday. It went nicely! Not a soul showed up the first 45 minutes... and then they all came at the same time! About two thirds of the people who said they were coming didn't. I got three new first-time buyers! Sold some small and mid-sized works, probly because they are easy to find a place for, and not so expensive (relatively, I price per square inch). And got two new ppl wanting to take classes! In all, very nice!

11-21-2010, 01:02 PM
Sounds a pretty good result Charlie....3 new buyers who may become collectors all being well. I think 2/3rds not showing is probably about average for that type of thing. People intend to come but, well, something else gets in the way. Must be great to sit and relax now in a spotless and pristinely tidy house!
Quick update on my goals. I am well into an animal one which is proving a little difficult as I find it so hard to deviate from the photo. Haven't started the leaves one for my own challenge though....well, I did, but lost interest. Oh and have I got some goals for next month....looking to enter some competitions in the new year...and one in December too!

11-22-2010, 05:18 AM
Hi Ruthie :wave:
How do you find out about competitions ?
I am so clueless and not ready but would like to find out more
for hopefully in the future :crossfingers:


11-22-2010, 02:58 PM
Charlie, congrats on your sales!
Robert, I hope you feel better really soon and can enjoy your new art supplies!

Here is my update.

1. Work on more pet portrait project atc and finish as many as I can. - TWO done and mailed so far this month.
2. Complete the "Page a Day" sketchbook challenge. - CHECK
3. Join the local art association.
4. Complete a painting of my roommate's dog.
5. Organize my art area better.
6. Do a painting with the pan pastels I got in a swap last month

And the class I'd signed up for was CANCELLED :(

I was going to sign up for a different one but did all my Christmas shopping and now my funds for the month are low, which is also why I didn't join the art assn as of yet. Those may both be put off til next month. As for the organization of my art supplies, I realized that to do it right, I really have to get some sort of storage cabinet or something, since I do not have a separate room to use for my art, I have to have somewhere to organize it. So I've been combing craigslist for large, used storage cabinet.

11-22-2010, 08:13 PM
Ruthie- You are doing a great job on your goals. I did a graphite self portrait and it looks like me, but I have that "criminally insane" look.:lol: You are even planning next months goals already. Way to go.

Charlie- Congratulations on the sales. I would have popped in to see you, but it was just too far to go.:wink2: It's too bad people don't keep their word and show up. I hope you are all rested up and ready to go.

Robert- I hope you are feeling better and get a chance to play with your new art supplies. I have made it through about half of your journal and know you are trying to do your daily sketches. You are having a great month, Robert. Keep at it, and just do what you can.

Rainy- I have enjoyed seeing your daily sketches. Good luck finding a storage cabinet. I need something like that, but it will have to wait. Too bad your workshop was cancelled. I hope you get a chance for another.

Well, I haven't done any painting yet, but I started a sketchbook for graphite drawings. It always feels good to get back to basics and see what I can produce with a pencil.

I should be able to get back to my pastels now. My wife and I decided that it is best for me to just stay here and not drive on the icy and snowy roads. The drive in normal conditions takes about 11 hours and I know it would take longer with the winter conditions and my back just can't take anything like that right now. So now I can just settle in and get back to normal.:) What ever that is.

The goals for this month are shot, so I can start thinking about my December goals. I am staying here for Christmas, so I can paint all month long.


11-23-2010, 02:32 PM
Sharron, I've PM'd you.

Rainy, too bad about the class but keep looking. They may re-launch it later and get more interest. I hope so. You're getting through those goals anyway!

Doug, maybe you are criminally insane!? In mine I just look, well, like a completely different person! When you say staying "here" do you mean the house you're trying to sell? If so I hope sincerely that you can sell soon and start your new life in your new home with your, existing, wife!

I'm postponing the goal about the challenge I set....because....I've just sold a painting through a gallery (my Ballerina) and she wants some more paintings. Swan Lake (the St Petersburg Ballet) is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal (next to the gallery!) in January. Well, as I can do Swans, Lakes and Ballerinas I guess I'd better get started. Already fired up with ideas! They're doing Sleeping Beauty too.....self portrait of the artist asleep maybe....er no, maybe not!

11-23-2010, 05:31 PM
Oh, Ruthie's on a roll! Nothing so energizing as success!

Doug, may you get your house sold and be reunited with your lovely wife!

Rainy, there will be more classes, and you have a society to join!

Me, I'm sick. (Sigh) And we have nearly a snowstorm, hard winds anyway, arctic cold ones... So I get to lie in bed, read books, watch painting DVDs. When I get up in a day or two (hopefully), I'm going to see the Chinese terracotta army, the Greek statues (copies) that have gotten paint on them to look like the real ancient greek ones, and a Zorn exhibition.

11-23-2010, 06:38 PM
Ruthie- lol Yes, maybe I am criminally insane.:evil: And yes, I am staying in the house we are selling. I think I will be here until next spring, but that's okay. It is a small sacrifice to make for the betterment of our lives.

Congratulations on the sale. I must say, it does not surprise me. You have worked hard and have talent and it is time to start getting your paintings out so the public can see and purchase them. Way to go.:thumbsup:

Charlie- Sorry to hear you are ailing. You are putting your down time to good use by reading and watching painting DVD's. Your weather sounds awful. We have had a cold snap here as well. There is about six inches of snow and it was -22c yesterday. It has warmed up to -14c today.

I don't know how it happens, but I walked into my studio and it was a mess. Again.:o I started cleaning up the mess today and it is almost done. I am hoping to be able to do some pastel painting tomorrow. I watched a Lee Hammond graphite drawing video today and did some drawing, so I am keeping busy.

I hope you are all letting the dust fly.


11-24-2010, 07:27 AM
Thanks, I'm recovering slowly. Starting to get bored by inactivity, so I need to keep inactive in order to heal... :-P

Yep, some nasty weather, but not *that* cold, Doug. Brrrrr. We're having a sweltering -1, but it'll drop to -10C. The Baltic sea is still open (no ice) so it saturates the air with moisture, and when it blows in over land... Seems the real snow-canon will miss us, though, thankfully. (Once it took us 5 hours to dig out the garage from the drift that covered it...)

"Criminal" self-portraits... LOL! That usually comes from staring too hard *and* relaxing features. Looks like one has been hunted for weeks, and is panicked over being caught, but also exhausted. I often wondered how Rembrandt did it without that stare?

11-26-2010, 06:45 PM
Charlie, congrats on your open house! Yikes, so rough you got sick. I'm not surprised you got three new buyers though, if I had more wall space I'd be back for more.

Doug, criminal self portraits sound fun. Good luck painting over the holidays. I don't know if anyone buys houses while getting ready for Christmas but you could get lucky.

I've been out of it again for seven days but did another page in the Sketchbook Project journal. I also discovered just how badly I miscalculated, how thoroughly bad I am at normal arithmetic. I did not blow my budget on those pastels. I did still manage my savings for November, it was nowhere near as bad as I thought. At least if I goofed, I goofed in the right direction! So with only a few days to go, that goal is back in the bag.

No way am I even looking at art supply sites even if it is Black Friday, a USA mercantile discount blizzard for the day after Thanksgiving. I can wait. I'm two new boxes of pastels ahead and haven't gotten to use either yet, so new toys would just add to the frustration of getting that sick.

I also did edit three chapters on Sabertooth today, so giving up on the "daily" part of it is still a partial tick on "edit the novel." I started it and I'm continuing it and that's enough.

Purring at Ruth and Rainy and everyone's successes. I'll just quietly go pass out now or something. Did a lot today. Charted pastels and did a sketchbook page and edited, that's lots.

11-27-2010, 09:52 AM
Seems like a few of us have been what one friend calls "under the porch" lately....me included. Have had a rotten sinus infection all month...no energy for anything. In fact, I received a 'site message' that I 'havent posted in several weeks'....so here I am.
Never accomplished any goals this month....but looking forward to doing better next month....
Looking forward to better days for us all...

11-27-2010, 02:30 PM
Robert- You are doing a great job on your goals, considering what you have gone through this month. You wrote a novel! That alone is a great accomplishment. Good to hear that your savings are back in the black. You should really take those new pastels out for a test drive. Hope you are feeling better.

Judi- Hi stranger. Sinus infections are no fun and it saps the energy right out of you. Get better and you will be ready to kick December's butt.

I can't believe it. I just woke up. I haven't slept in until 10:00 for years. My body must have needed it. Played with my pastels two days ago and did some drawing. I have been trying Lee Hammond's method of blending. Some people frown upon it, but what the heck. You don't know if you like it or not until you try it.

I hope everyone is getting healthy.


11-27-2010, 06:46 PM
Judibelle, purring in consolation and head-bumping at a distance. Ari purrs at you and would probably wash you if you were here. I hate sinus infections, they are pure misery. Glad you're back.

Glad I'm back too!

Doug, purr, thank you! That was one of my accomplishments for today, sort of. I did two pages of pen sketches on my page a day thing, getting back on the horse after getting seriously weather trampled. Helps that the novel's done and I did some editing yesterday.

As for my Unisons, yesterday I charted my new Winsor & Newton ones and posted about them in Art Supply Addicts 2010 thread. Today, I did something sensible that I should've done some time ago - took the cover off my Unisons box and tucked it under the box upside down inside that aluminum case with the clear plexiglass cover.

Now I can see them and get color temptations more easily. I really want to do something cool with them and have a brown piece of Colourfix next to me, so if I'm lucky I can get going one of these days. I'll bet keeping them "out but closed" like that pushes me to more pasteling!

11-28-2010, 06:20 PM
I've managed to do a watercolor and a pen and ink/watercolor for an upcoming show-which wasn't in my goals at all, but no complaints! Also did a couple copies of Leonardo drawings, which was a goal, so not too bad either.

Mostly i've just been busy over-eating for Thanksgiving-sigh-:o

Congratulations, Robert on your novel, and Charlie and Ruthie on your sales. I would like to do another pastel, but i'm plum out of paper! I'm going to try some UArt sheets, when i have the $ to get some.

I have a cold, but it hasn't gotten me down yet! Cheers to all, see you in Dec!

11-29-2010, 09:20 AM
Well you guys, I will have to check in later. I have been under the weather since Thanksgiving. Just wrote a long reply, to bring you up to date on my goals and somehow wiped it all out. You can tell I am not running on all cylinders yet. I'm 90 percent better and improving, so I should be back in action soon. I'll be back to see how you are faring and let you know how I did for November. I hope those of you that have been ill have recovered.

11-29-2010, 03:07 PM
Hope you feel 100% again soon, Sue and Judi! Take care.

Candace, hope the cold doesn't get you down and you kick it quick . . . congrats on your accomplishments.

Robert, glad you are doing better and hope that you will be able to get to those beautiful, colorful pastels soon. Eager to see your newest creations.

As for me, I have not done much more of my goals than the update posted last week. But the one thing I did was finally decide on the photo, composition, and did the pencil drawing for my roommate's dog, but did not start on the actual painting yet. But now that its taped on the drawing board, maybe soon. Also feel like I've been slowly getting better with using watercolors in my sketchbook and was quite pleased with the last two I did yesterday and this morning.

Take care everyone!

11-29-2010, 05:25 PM
Robert- Those colors will be staring at you and you won't be able to resist using them. Hope you are feeling well and your editing is done.

Rachel- You have kept busy with your art even if some of it wasn't part of your goals. My daughter saw some Leonardo drawings at the Vancouver Art Gallery and it was perfect timing. Some of the drawings were the same drawings she had been looking at and reading about in her text book for her Art History class. It was neat that she got to see the real thing.

I hope you are not too stuffed and left room for next month and you are over your cold.

Sue- Wow, another person with a cold. I hope you start feeling better and let us know how your month went.

Rainy- Figuring out the composition for a painting is a big step. Good luck with the painting. I have enjoyed looking at your watercolor sketches. Keep at it.

I have been playing with my pastels and graphite pencils, but haven't really accomplished anything. I am already planning my goals for next month. I am even hosting the Monthly Pastel Sketching thread for December, so I see some sketching in my future.

Okay, back to tidying up the house (okay, mostly putting art supplies away:o ), because the house is beeing shown tomorrow. If I get everything done today, I will be able to participate in the Richard McKinley webinar tomorrow morning. Happy painting.


11-29-2010, 10:16 PM
Doug, thanks! But my editing is nowhere near done. I just decided it was good enough to get started and not to put a deadline on it - just keep picking on it. I might set a different goal with it next month like "work on it at least once a week" to try to keep up the habit, since "daily" did not work at all. Looking forward to the Monthly Pastel Sketching Thread - hopefully I'll have something cool to put into it!

You're right about the colors being a maddening temptation. It's the best thing I can do to get back to doing pastels soon, just looking at them urges me to do something brilliant and colorful!

Rainy, congrats on getting the dog sketched! Deciding on the reference and the composition and sketching up is a major level, after that it gets easier.

Sue, glad you're getting better! I know that feeling all too well.

Rachel, that's awful! I hope you get tons of pastel paper for Christmas from everyone who loves you. I try to stay overstocked on paper for just that reason, it drives me nuts if I have an idea and don't have the supplies to do it. Especially if I used to and it isn't just something I'm vaguely looking forward to.

Third day in a row that I've been back into Page A Day. No editing done but at least I'm managing some sort of daily art again, which I missed a lot. I need to start thinking about next month's goals including some kind of reasonable winter pace for working on the edits. Trying to work on them daily just didn't work. But trying to work on them weekly, that might - it sets a limit to procrastination.

That and definitely I want to put the happy goal of "play with my new pastels" onto my list. Also doing some Christmas decorations with the sketching half sticks, since they wouldn't hang for more than a few weeks a year lightfastness isn't a big deal.

Or should I do Christmas decorations paintings on Canson mi-Tientes with good pastels and treat them as art worth preserving? Thoughts on this? I think if I did it with good pastels it'd have to be actual paintings, not cutouts to pin up on the wall. Something that can be framed and then hung during the holidays.