Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Last year I made some resolutions/goals for the year, and I thought it would be great to review them as well as talk about goals for 2016.

My goals for 2015 review:

  • Take a children’s book illustrating class and a pet portrait class
    • I did take the illustrating children’s book class (that was a foreshadowing to Boathouse when I made that goal last year!), but somehow never actually registered for the pet drawing class so I never took it…

  • Work on improving my product photography for my online store
    • I’ve gotten better at my compositions and photography! However, I could be a lot better.
  • Researching indoor arts and crafts shows for the year
    • Well, I did one indoor festival and three outdoor ones!
  • Look into making new products
    • Watercolor necklaces and new style of watercolor earrings! Woo hoo!
  • Improve the quality of my products
    • Yes! Increasing the resolution and learning more about the editing process has changed my prints and note cards, which was my concern last year.
  • Create more pieces this year
    • Two oil paintings, one watercolor and ink painting, one mural, six drawings of various sizes, one children’s book, one sign, and countless pieces of watercolor jewelry. Not too bad!
  • I completed two long term goals!!!!
    • I closed my in home daycare back in June and Back to the Drawing Board is full time now!
    • I’ve found doing shows (especially during the fall/holiday season) are the best time for me to be selling. I also switched from my online store host to Etsy, which was one of the best business decisions I’ve made!

Goals for 2016:

  • Take more online classes! I’m registered to take six online classes for the upcoming year; I’m hoping to take one every two months. They can be done whenever I want and I can do them at my own pace. I’ll be taking these classes:
    • product photography for my Etsy store
    • creating better facial expressions in children’s book illustrations
    • landscape drawing
    • pen, ink and watercolor class (to better my illustrations)
    • figure drawing
    • and portrait drawing
  • Continue to better the quality of my work and product photography
  • Look into festivals that better suit my products, especially around the holiday season
  • Continue to create more pieces! Right now I have four drawings already lined up for the next year, as well as a few oil paintings and watercolor paintings that I have planned. 2016 looks to be a busy and productive year!
  • Keep better records, both financially and how many items I’m selling. This will also help me make sure my prices are fair for the customers, but also profitable for myself.
  • Have better customer service. I think I do okay now, but I want to be better, whether it means sending thank yous after commission pieces are completed and delivered, customer appreciation days…things like that.

I think most of those goals are manageable. I’ll have to put on my calendar days once or twice a month that I’ll check on my progress and refocus my time and energy.

Have you set up any goals for 2016? How do you make sure you’re staying on track with them?

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