Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Setting Artistic and Show Goals for The New Year

Around this time of the year, I find myself setting artistic goals, business goals and deciding what kind of shows, galleries, festivals and other promotional opportunities to participate in.

I think that, particularly for us evolving artists, it's important to assess what we do today and what we want to be doing/who we want to be selling to tomorrow.

If you make unfinished "country-style" wooden cutouts, you probably don't want to try peddling your work at gallery calls-for-entries or paying hundreds of dollars for the latest Urban Street Bazaar which focuses on the fashionista set.

On the other hand, if you do high end work; fine craft or expensive artwork, having a booth at the Coppell Farmer's Market (even if your work is resoundingly appreciated and your booth is crowded with onlookers) is probably a waste of your time.

I take the answer to 'what am I doing today that I enjoy, that folks appreciate and that sells' and adding in some new concepts, perhaps a new line and consider stretching myself creatively, while still not giving up 'the old'. I constantly evaluate the 'which venues worked for me last year' and strive to try at least a couple of new ones for the new year.

Good luck as you decide "what path will I take in 2009"!



  1. Great post! Keep up the good work!

  2. Welcome to blogsville! Looks great and can't wait to see what is next!

  3. Great thoughts, Larry. And I admire all the creative people who make time to get their art/craft produced AND blog!


  4. Thanks for sharing Larry, great things to keep in mind!