Podcast: Acknowledge yourself and celebrate!

It’s too easy to look at what you haven’t done. It’s harder to pat yourself on the back for what you’ve accomplished.


Share your biggest accomplishment for 2008 in the comments.

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15 comments to Podcast: Acknowledge yourself and celebrate!

  • We’ve all seen the sad example of good artists who become discouraged and quit making art. I think Alyson’s advice is right: make a conscious effort to remind oneself of one’s accomplishments. Failure to do this radically increases the artist burn out rate. Next month I’m having my first solo exhibition in New York at George Billis Gallery. It is the result of a years- long effort, countless little steps I took to push my career along at the same time I was growing myself as a painter. Taking Alyson’s advice, I want to congratulate myself on if nothing else, my persistence. A life in the arts is a classic hare and the tortoise story.

  • This year I have made a major step in my art career, working in my studio regularly. This has led me to start on a new series of paintings on performers, which I am very excited about. Additionally, I have been taking steps to organize the business end of my art. I started a blog, set up an email subscription service to the blog and began talking about my art more. I donated a painting to the local arts gala and entered a local competition. I am now working on getting my website put together. All in all I am very happy with what I have done this year. Getting your book I’d Rather Be in the Studio really helped me to set realistic goals and look forward to doing art business. It helped get a clearer view of the direction I want to take. Thanks you, Alyson.

  • I made it through Alyson’s ABP and I did have a breakthrough!!!!

  • Based on Alyson’s advice I started this tradition last year and was amazed to see all that I had accomplished. That list was invaluable in helping me make goals for the New Year. I’m thrilled to share that my two biggest accomplishments of 2008 were converting my garage into a successful studio and teaching space and the publication of my own book, Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax (http://www.embracingencaustic.com). I was able to do this only because of all the small steps along the way, so thank you Alyson for your wonderful book which gave me inspiration and guidance!

  • This year I completed a 4 year course, ending with the Advanced Diploma of Art & Creativity from TLC here in New Zealand. I loved doing the course, even though I also work full time, because it really challenged me to put time into my art.

  • Remembering the high points on the road to a successful art career can can make the low points less overwhelming. I send out a “collector letter” every fall including news, events, and honors received over the past year, and thank my collectors for their support, and also include a schedule for the coming year. A list of marketing accomplisments will be a great tool to both enjoy and to use in looking ahead. Thanks!

  • I think that my biggest accomplishment this year is that I’ve really upped the ante with my marketing efforts. The biggest part of that would be my blog I started in March and the other online connections that I have made. I also joined a networking group where I’ve forced myself to be less shy and meet people in the local art scene.

  • I’ve kept my year-long accomplishments, along with goals for the next year, in a notebook for about 4 years. (That’s when I began doing art full-time.) It really is a great resource to look back and see what you’ve accomplished. My biggest accomplishments this year were getting into several new shows, plus beginning to paint on panels which allowed me to evolve my style a bit.

  • Wow, Alyson! Thank you for this suggestion. It’s been a real eye-opener. My list is long and I haven’t even finished yet. I have taken so many steps this year and had more results than I’d realized. If you hadn’t suggested this, I might have just let the celebration slide by. Wow, good for me! Yippy! Thanks.

  • Sandesigns

    My biggest accomplishment this year was design oriented but more along the lines of interior design. With a little extra local real estate professional feedback, I was able to stage and sell my condo in Santa Monica for a profit even in this crazy downturned market where nothing had sold in months. I am so relieved to be out of the real estate market right now and I can use my extra energies toward my enjoyable creative pursuits instead of worrying what is happening in the real estate market.

  • Cate

    Thanks so much for the suggestion. It’s so easy to overwhelmed as the new year approaches my all those things I just couldn’t get to. This year, my big accomplishment has been to make a 2000-mile move to a city with more opportunities. It was a tough decision, but I couldn’t be happier.

  • I think it’s a great idea to review your accomplishments. It’s so easy to forget all you’ve done over the course of the year. I am working throught Alyson’s book making a plan for myself. As for now, I’m going to make a list of all the good things I’ve created over this year. Thanks!

  • Two big accomplishments this year – choosing to paint EVERY day (with my ipod) has allowed me to triple my production and double my sales – the act of believing in the business enough to spend time every day in the studio, no matter how tired I am, has been a huge step to get me to where I am today. I’ve missed only 3 days in nearly 16 months. Secondly, being chosen by Art Business News (www.artbusinessnews.com) as an Emerging Artist for November 2008 – it took follow through and initiative, but doesn’t everything that matters require some hard work? 🙂 Thank you Alyson, for your inspiration! Sincerely, Katie m. Berggren

  • My biggest accomplishment this year has to do with the exact things you speak of in this podcast! I have had a banner year. This is partially due to the fact that I realized how far I have come in my art life and how much I have accomplished overall. This feeling of joy came into full focus when I started to digitize slides of past work this summer. As I saw all my old work on the computer screen, I was in awe. I realized I have such a rich history of art making. I have survived against odds to create a wonderful art life for myself. I agree with you. We have to toot our own horns and pat ourselves on the back often. If I hadn’t done that through the years, I wouldn’t still be making art today!

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