I had resolved to post a 2015 recap and a look at the year ahead before the New Year started, but that resolution was not to be. Still, better late than never, and as we come to the close of the first week of 2016, here's some milestones and accomplishments from 2015, and an overview of the year ahead and goals I hope to achieve.
- Attended IlluXCon 8, my second IlluXCon so far, and I'm happy and relieved that it went even better than the year before. I was able to meet up with old friends and make a lot of new ones in the community.
- Successfully completed my first Kickstarter project, Metal Etched Memories. So grateful for all of the backers for supporting my work. Working on that book and writing a story to accompany the narrative pictures I created was exciting and new.
- Nominated for a Chesley Award, which I didn't win, but it was such an honor to be nominated and be in the company of some of the greats.
- Fulfilled my first large international commissioned painting, Adolescence, which is available for viewing at Illuxcon.com. I can't wait for everyone to be able to see it in person at IX9.
- Was featured in the FXpose Traditional column of the November issue of ImagineFX magazine.
- Had a greater presence on social media this year, including reaching over 600 followers on my Facebook art page, and also started an Instagram account to be able to reach a wider audience with art posts.
- Was a guest on One Fantastic Week, my first live video interview. Had a great time chatting with Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegel at 2:00 am about art and life.
- Relaunched LindaAdair.com using SquareSpace. And what a smooth and easy ride it's been making the changeover.
2016 - Looking ahead
While there were a lot of 'firsts' in 2015, the New Year is already shaping up to be more of the same. Some of the things I already have marked in the calendar are:
- I Will take part in two gallery exhibitions this year. This will be the first time I exhibit in a gallery in the USA, and that I get to do it twice in one year is both exciting and mildly terrifying. I can't go into too many details about either exhibition yet, but rest assured that as soon as I can I will let you know the details.
- One of the galleries that I will exhibit in is the Lovetts Gallery, which will also represent me in that State for future works. I'm very happy to join the ranks of so many other amazing artists that show their work at Lovetts.
- I will attend IlluXCon 9, my third time attending. I'm so honored to be attending as one of the commissioned artists this year, in the company of the greats Thomas Kuebler, Donato Giancola, Jeff Easley, and Bob Eggleton.
- Fulfill all of the backer rewards for Metal Etched Memories, sending out the book, art prints, post cards and original art ink drawings and paintings to all of the backers. Starting off January with all of this to do has been great as it really feels like I'm kicking the year into high-gear right out of the gate.
- While the book Metal Etched Memories will go out to backers this month, I have the rest of the print run to get into the hands of readers and art-lovers everywhere. Putting together a publicity campaign to get the word out will be a new and challenging endeavor.
- I'm still contemplating the idea of putting together a recap series of blog posts on my Kickstarter project, to add to the already useful list of links from other Kickstarter veterans. I think some of the knowledge and experiences that came about from the project could help others in some way. More on that after the project is completed and the dust has settled. Maybe.
- I plan to continue to make steady progress on another secret project I'm working on that I hope to unveil sometime later this year.
- Be more active on social media and this blog. While social media is only one part of an overall strategy to raise my profile this year, I realize that it is still important, so look for weekly posts on this blog, as well as regular Facebook and Instagram updates on works in progress and just general news.
- Do well in the upcoming exhibitions I will be a part of. I'm already hard at work on several new pieces for these shows, with more on the way. I can't wait to show you all the finished pieces once I'm able to.
Whew! If you've read this far, thank you. I don't think my weekly blog posts will be nearly as verbose. Speaking of weekly blog posts, look for those each Friday (that's Friday in Australia). I'll post more as situations warrant, but for now the resolution is a weekly Friday post. Thanks again for reading, and Happy New Year to you all!