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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Pet Portraits Aims and Goals for 2011

Well another New Year has already started and I think I've been bumbling along for a couple of years now so it's time I got myself more organised. I aiming to reach the following goals to see if these small but significant changes can help me improve further.


1.Update my blog more frequently...

It seems to get neglected or I am distracted doing other things. I can make a million excuses and tell you I have been working on my webiste (please note I am rising in the search engine rankings quite nicely now but still more to be done) but really I do forget to update here as often as I should so that's my first goal of many

2. Visit other blogs of interest...

Aside from this, I used to find time to visit fellow artists' blogs but this has also moved to the back burner so this is another enjoyable pastime I undertook that has fallen by the wayside so there's the next thing

3. Try new mediums...

I've also realised that of all the mediums out there, I've been very reluctant to try out anymore and have stayed rather static. I've dabbled in the past long long ago but stuck with what I know best. I really think this is a good idea in one way as you can only get better at what you do but the major issue with pencils is that they are just so time consuming. Large portraits take an age and lots of arm ache and elbow grease so I'm going to be brave and attempt some other mediums

4. Learn more SEO and web design techniques to improve my internet presence...

I've also started to get the hang of the web side of things and my site and blog have been majorly overhauled and improved but I'm still at the beginning of this long journey so I intend to continue to update my website, even maybe another design if I feel brave enough and to continue with SEO, I've resisted the idea of asking someone else to do it for me as it's a never ending and expensive cycle which I can ill afford so I need to be more savvy in this area

5. Be more organised, pro-active and focused...

And the most important undertaking I need to get to grips with is time management. I am so easily distracted, although some things do have to be done, I never seem to sit at art or my website for long. I do work full time (but with the current economic crisis bearing down on civil servants this could change), I've also got a zoo full of animals I need to feed, exercise and fuss (especially my dogs) but I find myself wandering around the internet without any aim, reading newspapers and not really doing anything but wasting time!

6. Exhibit more often...

And finally, something I really should get to grips with but would rather be a visitor than an exhibitor, is to attend some fairs, shows and enter competitions just to improve my techniques and internet presence


Not any small list, and I've probably shot myself in the foot and will achieve none of these goals, if they are goals, maybe just pushing myself in the right direction!

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4 comments:

Art with Liz said...

Hi Karie-Ann! Haven't visited for a while as your blog kept throwing me off. But seems fine now! Such a list of aims and goals - hope you achieve them! How is Willow?

sue said...

Well they all sound very do-able!

Are you a member of the UKCPS?
They have a major art event planned for September with two juried exhibitions. One is for pure cp works and the other is a mixed media one (predominant medium must be cp). Selected pictured will be on display at the Central Hall Westminster (Opp Westminster Abbey) and there are cash prizes and art supply prizes for winning entries.

Full details/entry forms will be on the UKCPS website soon - or email me for more info.

artbykarie-ann.co.uk said...

Hi Sue, I was a member of UKCPS but time became a factor and I never actually entered any of the competitions, but as I'm determined to do so this year, I'll be rejoining, otherwise I've just made a mockery of my own goals from about an hour ago!!!
And hello again Liz, I've neglected visiting your blog too, I was a regular of yours and Sue's but time catches me out all of the time. As for Willow, she has been really poorly after her op but she is finally getting back to normal and is enjoying being back at work (wish I was) and she and Stan happily gallop around all the areas I'm working in and they just love it. Each morning they disappear and I find them waiting patiently by my van ready to go to work, just wish I was as keen!!!

Studio at the Farm said...

Hello Karie-Ann,
Your blog is absolutely fascinating; you live in such a beautiful and untouched-looking part of England.I enjoyed my visit here, and will be back.
P.S. Your 2011 goals are very similar to mine. Good luck!!

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