562. August 19…Your Art Goals…do you have any?….

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

"It's That Way" ©Robert Redus, 2011

“When we kill our desires we stink like any corpse.” – Harold Norse

The Tao says, “ Whatever you look for you’ll find”, and I know that to be true based on spending my energy and time focused on what it is I want and have wanted to find. I also know, “What ever I’m not looking for I won’t find”…

Simplifies the whole issue of searching or not. Yesterday, I saw 12 Westfalia VW vans, and I didn’t see a single thing…I wasn’t looking for.

When it comes to looking for anything, there has to be a reason for the looking in the first place. At the bottom of all of this are really just a few finds and answers we’d all like. Often though we are clouded over with far too many desires and loose ends and want more than we could do anything with even if we had them all.

As artists it is very easy to want, and want a great deal without a viable way of getting what we want.  Reminder, art is a business and along with a business plan, goals need to be installed, assessed, reviewed,  edited and accomplished. Creating goals is the easiest part, following them and completing them are the most difficult. It takes a few minor steps to put it together then the work is in creating the habit of working on the goal.

Goals/Plans must be well defined, have measurable results, must be over the bar but attainable,  realistic, and a timeline to accomplish them. This applies to short, mid range and long-term goals.

Here are some of my plans….

Short-term plan: Present to 6-months 
  1. Continue painting until November 6th for my upcoming show on November 18th
  2. Continue work on the Art Benefit Auction for November 5
  3. Keep promoting my work locally and nationally

Mid-Range plan: 6 months – December 2012

  1. Work on the Outdoor Studio/Westfalia project through May of 2012
  2. Begin developing California Show for November  2012
  3. Increase promotions in California

Long-Term plan 2- 5 years

  1. 1200-1500 sq foot permanent studio space
  2. Increase panting scale to 9-12 feet
  3. More representation

Everything is negotiable and can be changed, altered, revamped and redesigned, based on progress. The term, “It’s all about the work” really does apply…I’d be interested in your artistic endeavors and plans…please keep me posted.

 “We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us” – John Steinbeck

478. January 23rd…Haiku and the art of a well designed…Coincidence…

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Kaze” 2011

“Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” – John Steinbeck

I find myself listening to a particular music every Sunday…this morning it’s the Armen Donelian Trio…”Oasis”…there is nothing about it….I don’t like…it has that driving up the coast sort of sound to it…

I was talking with my friend Mars over coffee…she had not read my blog from yesterday…yet she too experienced an almost identical discovery of a lithograph from an artist named Fanny Rabel…and since I’d already been in the investigative mode…I looked her up…read what I could find about her…

I think the collision of these two events is for the most part coincidental…yet there is a part of me that is asking…”why”…and honestly a large part…not why do I think this way…but why were these two events presented to me…in a time frame of less than 24 hours…as of yet I have no answer…

what really these 2 events have done…is motivated me and in a big way…adding these with a comment from Mrs. Neutrons Garage sort of revealed the secret trick behind the disappearing girl in the air tight box behind the drape…and not really how it works but where she goes…while the magic is taking place…

and I hear my painting mentor say…”it’s about the work”…well there’s a great deal more that its about…and  part of the trek in art is finding what “It” is…I like what Gertrude Stein said…”There is no there there.”…I know with certainty there is a load of “there”…on the way to “there”…and some of it I don’t mind stepping in…

I’m not saying there has to be a solidified  plan…there has to be receptivity and even the small gaps will let large amounts in…it is combinations of many things…alignments…jumping over the edges…and willingness to experience…is it perfecting the existing skill or finding new skills…to work on…then combining them when the time is….”Right”…I don’t think so…it is just “do”….John Cage says everything is an experiment and I believe that…completely…some experiments last longer than others…some never begin…some might be there after I’m not…and I’m unsure about outcome…what it looks like…if it matters…and if it does…what does it do…

without turning
into a butterfly, autumn deepens
for the worm

Basho