|'The Road Home' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Christmas is upon us and for those who celebrate I wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with warmth and wonder. I will be spending the next few days with my family but I know I will have some downtime and won't be able to help myself from looking ahead to 2013. If you are like me and would like to get a jump start on getting ready for a productive year, here are three things to do over the next week.
1. Organize and Back up your photos. I take thousands of photos over the year. I have photos of every painting as well as photos from my trips and other adventures. I load them on my computer and organize them in files. I try to back up my files to a portable hard drive and a CD every month. I sometimes forget so their are some missing back ups. This is a good time to make sure all of your photos are backed up. It is also a good time to organize your photo files so you can have a clean slate for the next batch of photos. I just made a dvd of the last couple of months of photos so I am all caught up. It feels good.
2. Painting Inventory I am not good at keeping an inventory of my work. I have tried computerized record keeping and an old fashioned notebook but nothing seems to work for me. I give up after a month of keeping track. I am not proud of this but it is just me. I'd rather paint then do book keeping. I do have a system for storing my work so I can find work when it is needed.
If you are a good record keeper or a bad one like me, it is a good time of year to review your inventory. I go through my online galleries and make sure sold paintings are marked and remove older work to make room for new. I also take down any work I have hanging up and file it. I want to have clean walls to fill in the New Year.
3. Reflecting on the Good I will be making a list of the 10 accomplishments I made with my art over the past year. So often we only think about what we failed to accomplish or the negative things that happened. I want to be sure to reflect on the good things too.
I will also be starting to think about the goals for next year and theses three tasks will help me have a positive and clear mind as I make my goals!