Thursday Thoughts – Bucket List?

Bucket List?

The Ultimate Blog Challenge topic for today was a bucket list. I am not really sure what I would put on my bucket list, other than a trip to Hawaii at some point. I mean sure there are things I want to do, but none really seem major enough for a bucket list. Things like trying oil paints (I currently paint in acrylic).
So instead of a bucket list I thought I’d just share some thoughts about projects I hope to do in the next year. These are not in order at all.

Goals for the Year

⦁More Sculpted Paintings

My Dixon Wings was part painting, part sculpture, and I want to do more of these hybrid types of works. Only I want to take it further, I want more sculpting. I’m planning on using paper mache to do some of the sculpting, a bonus to this is that I can utilize some of my damaged canvases and it won’t have any negative effect on the final artwork. A small tear in a canvas isn’t going to matter after the entire canvas is covered in strips of paper mache, since paper mache is strong enough to hold up on its own once it is dry. Then over the paper mache covered canvas I will take paper mache mulch (also known as paper clay), and sculpt whatever I want over the paper mache platform. I can also use undamaged, but previously used canvases, such as some that have demo paintings on them from my classes. I can use those for sculpted paintings, because I’ll be covering them with enough layers that the existant texture of the demo painting won’t show through the sculpture.

Daryl Dixon inspired art.
Here the Daryl Dixon inspired wings are pretty much finished. All that remained at this point was a little touch up in a few areas.

⦁ More Volunteer Work 

Some of my most enjoyable times have been painting sets for KCMT, somehow I want to carve out more time to do that. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it work or not, because often the times when the work is done is during my shifts at the studio, but I plan to contact the person in charge of sets and try to work something out.

Alladin Sets
The finished wing panels, still sitting in the painting room at KCMT, and without their caps.

⦁ Compile a Portfolio of my Demo Paintings

Every time I teach a class, I come up with a demo painting for that class, I know I need to start compiling a portfolio of those sample paintings, so that if someone wants to book a private party they can choose a painting from that portfolio.

This class was a lot of fun, and I got to meet someone I’ve known online for years, but never met in person. She came to my class!

⦁ Mural Size Paintings

I’ve already done some mural size paintings for sets, but I want to put some on canvases. I recently purchased some very large canvases, and I am giving careful thought to what kind of painting I want to put on them. I’m just not sure where I will put them once they are finished, if I had a guaranteed buyer it wouldn’t be a problem, but to complete them and not know if I have room to hang them makes me a little nervous, I guess I’ll give it some thought, and once I decide on where they can hang, I’ll get started on them.

⦁ Uploading all my Completed Works to my Website and Etsy Shop

 I still have so many completed works that I haven’t uploaded anywhere. I really need to catch up and stay caught up. I think for smaller works such as jewelry a tabletop whitebox for my photos would really help, right now getting set up to take good product photos just takes so long, but if I had a whitebox for those photos it would really streamline the process. So I guess that gives me another item for my list.

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⦁ Build or Buy a Product Photography White Box

See my explanation above.

⦁ Establish a Regular Schedule for Blogging

During the Ultimate Blog Challenge, I manage to blog daily, but for some reason when the challenge is not going on, despite the fact that I really want to, I just don’t set aside the time to write regular blog posts. I want to remedy this and start keeping a regular schedule for both this blog and my weight loss blog. For the weight loss blog weekly updates are all that is really needed, but I really feel that I should be posting on this blog at least three times a week, if not daily, and all I lack is the discipline to do it!

So there are the things I really want to do this year, how about you? Is there anything you really want to do over the coming year? Let me know in the comments.


6 Responses to Thursday Thoughts – Bucket List?

  1. Good luck with all of your goals.

  2. Hmm. Combine a few. Take one or two of your demo paintings every day- and use them to populate your blog- with a story.

  3. Totally with you on blogging more! Love the pictures–especially the panels and pendant!