About a year ago, when contemplating leaving my former employment at Enterprise, one of the motivators was that I recognized a need to get back to my artistic roots.
Before I found a new job, or even looked for one, I did some research for local art programs that wouldn’t break the bank, and pledged to myself that I’d make time for more school (art classes).
I even posted it on my former blog (wstandsforwe) as a goal:
“Obtain a Graphic Design Certificate from MA College of Art and Design (still need to apply)”
Yeah. So. Hasn’t happened yet.
The program lasts 3 years (part-time), and requires a portfolio, letters of recommendation, etc. Before I apply I need to accomplish some things. Buying a Mac and getting the Adobe programs I need is step 1 (along with other art supplies). Building a portfolio I can be proud of is step 2. I’ll worry about letters of recommendation (step 3), and how long we are actually going to be in Boston (not a step, but pretty critical), later. I’m finally on the path though!
I know I’m not the only person who has blown off art to make time for a more streamlined, practical life/job (or motherhood, though I’m not there yet). But, let’s be honest – it hasn’t made us happy. If you’re thinking “I know” then I think you should make your own 12 for 2012 list! Let’s do this together!
Below is my ambitious plan to build a diverse art portfolio before 2012 ends:
1. Draw the musical instruments in my house (multiple sketches/styles)
2. Learn the “encaustic” technique and DO IT (read: invest in new art supplies)
3. Do a series of crooked Boston 3-story house prints (hand carved)
4. Finish my mixed media city-scape
5. Learn how to emboss paper & make my own greeting cards
6. Design my own Christmas cards this year (and send them).
7. Learn how to book-bind and make journals/books
8. Visit 3 major art museums in the city
9. Learn HTML code
10. Do a mixed media using sheets of music
11. Illustrator/Photoshop prints: make 10 inspiring quotes come to life.
12. Design a print – send it to spoonflower.com and get it printed on fabric and use it on a project (home decor).
Hold me accountable!