Today's goal is to make significant progress in my latest adventure: entering into to a competition for direct purchase art from the city of Ottawa. I've been on their mailing list for 2 years now and have wanted to apply for new and challenging artist call outs. Saying I'll apply once I have a dozen completed pieces wasn't realistic and it has delayed this step for a couple of years now. This year, I almost have enough of a mix of photography and acrylic paintings to submit something with substance. The abstract I've started, is one of the filler pieces I need to round out my collection. This is it! The buck stops here. No more excuses.
I found this valuable article at Life Hacks blog for a list of steps to take in order to have a better chance at success too. If you are also suffering from the voice of doom questioning your abilities check it out here. It really is about planning and preparing. I have in fact been making lists of what must be done.
I've set myself a bigger goal that involves this first step and have also applied to the Canada Council on the Arts to see if I qualify for grants. My dream is to have a gallery showing, to really put myself out there and ultimately to see if I have what it takes. But, I need space in which to work. Our humble cottage requires tight scheduling of meals and activities in order to work on larger pieces. So I want to see about renting a studio to work on enough pieces for a showing. Yes it's a big dream but it is doable and quite realistic!
I have to remind myself that it's not the end all be all if I'm not successful the first time. I will have at least tried! Besides, I may learn a thing or two about myself and the "process" enough to make a second attempt!
Wish me luck!