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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Goals

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"Rooster VI", 8" x 8" Oil on canvas panel.
$400 framed.

I'm back! I took a wonderful two week vacation (but stayed home) and had a great time with my boys. We celebrated the holidays, saw tons of movies and spent a lot of wonderful time with family. I even read two books. I guess you could say I did everything but paint!
I have put together my "art goals" for 2010 and I would love your input!

Leslie Saeta Art Goals for 2010

  • Develop a comprehensive art marketing plan for 2010.
  • Continue to update my blog regularly and post at least four paintings per week.
  • Form an Art Alliance with a small group of artists that want to develop marketing ideas, schedule a group show and share exhibition ideas.
  • Create a year long jury/exhibition schedule. And follow it daily!
  • Continue taking classes and workshops from artists I admire.
  • Write at least 10 articles for Art Forums or blogs.
  • Send 12 newsletters out this year and continue to share the talents of other artists in my newsletter.
  • Develop and teach one palette knife painting workshop.
  • Create larger format paintings.
  • Paint plein air AT LEAST twice monthly.
  • Pursue ways to sell my art to the corporate market.
  • Send my work into TEN juried shows.
  • Develop a “client appreciation” program for the year.
  • Exhibit my work in two galleries or “one person venues”.
  • Accept and complete at least five commissions.
  • Sell 25% more paintings than in 2009.
  • Book another solo show at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena.
  • Attend at least one plein air workshop.
  • Regularly schedule local paint outs with friends
  • Sell at one of the local shows or festivals - including Sierra Madre, Pasadena ArtWalk, Montrose Art Walk and some new venues.
Here's to a great New Year. Thank you everyone for all of your wonderful support and guidance in 2009. God bless everyone!


Patricia Siegel said...

Ambitious list, Leslie, but I have no doubt you will tackle it with grace! 'Sounds like a great holiday. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I read your opening blog and saw you have made a list of goals - I was VERY interested because this weekend I will be putting my "list of goals" together and loved the idea that you are on the same link as me -- I have not even read your list yet - just was anxious to respond - I feel certain you are aware of a site that sends out encouraging, insightful, uplifting and knowledgeable information for artists -- just in case by chance you have not been to it - it is --- she sends out wonderful information almost weekly - she also has a book that I want to read...
Here's to success for you and for me in 2010!

Vicki Shuck said...

Wow, Leslie, I admire your list! It's ambitious and comprehensive. Like Lisa, I was working on my goals today, but might just take some pointers from you! I wish you all the best and congratulate you on taking the last two weeks to enjoy your family and life.

L.Holm said...

gosh, Leslie, am in awe of your clear goals. I have no doubt you'll succeed with flying colors. (flying paints...flying palette knife!) Way to go!

Dana Cooper said...

Whew! That is quite a list and I am sure you will do it all.
Glad you enjoyed some good family time. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Well know how I feel about your list...YOU GO GIRL!!!! as i've said before, and I am sure all will agree, it is no wonder you are doing as well as you are. You are an artistic and marketing inspiration to us all. Much love!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

WOW Leslie.
I wish you will complete them all, yes you can.
Let me know when you do a workshop so I can sign in.
Good luck have a wonderful 2010.

Pat Burns said...

Have just "discovered" you... love your personal style & color palette! I scrolled down and found these 2010 goals... very ambitious and it looks like you are well on your way. I'm anxious to see your newsletter, as this is something I want to do bi-monthly. Would you consider sending me your last month's? Will try to make the conference call... sounds interesting.


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