Now that 2023 is over, we should use this as an opportunity to review how it went and what we can do to make 2024 our best year yet.
What Went Well
- Got married to Chontele at Fraser Island.
- Our daughter, Elora, is becoming a beautiful, caring, and joyful person.
- Created a few of my best paintings. All up, I completed 9 paintings. Fewer than usual, but mainly because each painting is taking longer to finish. If I had to narrow down on a favorite, I’d have to go with Elora and White Roses.
- Published 5 videos on Youtube. I prefer writing but I do enjoy the challenge of creating good videos.
- Launched a new course: Color Masterclass. This is certainly our best and most comprehensive course to date, but it was exhausting to create. I prefer to hop between several projects rather than tunnel-visioning one. (It’s important to figure out how you work best and play to your strengths. I won’t be doing too many massive projects going forward as it simply takes too much out of me. I need to bounce around.)
What Didn’t Go Well
- I fell behind on my drawing practice. I’m improving, but not at the pace I’d like.
- I didn’t publish many in-depth articles. Focused writing time was particularly hard to find.
- I hardly did any fishing. I use fishing to relax my painting mind and think about something else. I find that if I go for long periods without fishing or doing any other hobbies, I get burned out.
Three Things to Focus on in 2024
Here are three things I want to focus on in 2024, excluding the obvious ones like being a great dad and husband and staying healthy:
- Sell more originals and prints and get featured in a few magazines. Perhaps also submit paintings to a few competitions. I have never paid much attention to my personal art brand but I think this would be an interesting project going forward.
- More regular drawing practice. I have been making my way through the Watts Atelier curriculum. My aim is to have a few more courses done by the end of 2024.
- Do more plein air painting. Perhaps go on a few plein air painting trips in remote locations.
Over to You
What three things will you focus on in 2024? Feel free to share in the comments. We can check back at the end of the year and see how we went.
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