Time for 2014 Planning

Paint chips for my year of color study

Paint chips for my year of color study

I spent some time over the past few weeks planning my year out. Last year in Lisa Call’s Setting Goals class, I made very specific goals which I did again this year.  I am not going to bore you with all the specific details but have decided to group them together under broad categories to share with you.

 

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My sweet Aunt gave this book to me for Christmas. She said she knows how much I love and appreciate color. Can you even imagine a life without crayons? I loved to spend time coloring with my kids when they were younger and still love the smell and freshness of a new box of crayons. Can you imagine a life without color or noticing color? My uncle is colorblind and he says his black and white world is not so noisy as he imagines a world of wild colors to be.

I am digressing. But it leads to my set of goals for 2014.

1. I want to study color. I have never taken a class studying color and my science brain wants to know and explore more. So I pulled together what I have and what I have purchased based on others recommendations.  I will spend time each week reading and doing some of these experiments on paper and with small fabric sketches. It will just be a small beginning but it will be a push in the right direction as I think you can know never enough about color.

 

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My personal color study texts

2. Along the same lines of studying color, I am taking a class with Carol Soderlund at the Barn in May.  I want to understand how to dye the colors that I choose and that appeal to me. Serendipity in dyeing is so much fun and really thrills me. But about 50 percent of the time, I want specific colors and just don’t have the skill to make a particular color or set of colors.

3. My big goal : I want to make lots of art this year. My numbers goal is 15 -20 pieces finished and completed down to the hanging sleeve and label.  I need to narrow it down though with sizes this week. Then,  I want to realistically write them on the calendar like an assignment and complete the assignment pretending its homework.  And by realistically, it needs to fit into the calendar that week meaning that I need to do a better job estimating my time on my job tasks.

4. I will keep up with studio clean up after each project and do it quickly so I can move on to the next piece. I tend to procrastinate with this and love taking time sifting through the leftovers.

 

No more obsessive scrap sifting

No more obsessive scrap sifting

5. I will keep up adding things to my website, maintaining this journal on my blog and taking better photos.

6. But , most importantly, I really want to have confidence in my work, passion in what I am doing and always remember what a privilege it is to be an artist. If, at any time, the goals get in the way of enjoying what I am doing with my art, I am taking time to figure out why and what’s getting in the way of it being fun. Then I will be right back at those goals.

How about you? Now that it almost February, do you have your year all lined up and planned out?

 

13 thoughts on “Time for 2014 Planning

    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      Yes Maria! I have taken your recommendation after reading your blog as I was impressed by how you have been working on color this past year. And then seeing your work at the Barn and realizing that study pays off in beautiful art! So much too learn. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      You are so smart Miss Barb-yes value trips me up all the time as I love deep rich saturated colors of the same value. So i lose the interest in my piece. Work and fun ahead, right?

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  1. Maria Shell

    Okay- Maybe I am wrong here, but I think color is very intuitive. And if we can get ourselves in the “zone” we can get really beautiful and exciting color usage. I also think color is relative. It’s fickle, fickle, fickle. That said, I am going to do that same as you Colleen. I am going to get those color books out and try and decipher them. I hope you will keep writing about this on your blog.

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    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      I will keep writing about it as I read and play with color. My husband and I have these discussions all the time as he believes a beautiful sense of color is innate and color can’t be “taught”. He is an accountant and has a superb sense of color picking the exact color right off my stack of hand dyes on my worktable. Intriguing to me how fickle color is! The zone helps.

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      1. Maria Shell

        I’ve been thinking about your post and your reply to my comment. In hindsight, I think I have spent a lot of time studying color and much of what I do now feels intuitive, but really isn’t. When I first started making quilts, I wouldn’t do anything without my color wheel and value finder. Betty Edwards also has a good book on color. I’ve started a lot of the books you showed, but never finished them. You are motivating me to crack those books open again. Great post Colleen!

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        1. Colleen Kole Post author

          Thanks Maria- I need to stick to it and see if my work changes. I will look for that book at the library.

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        2. Barb Mortell

          Right! Study up and practice and the learned becomes the intuitive. Like making bread, you start by working with a recipe and as you become experienced your intuition kicks in.
          And then too, there is the natural talent, like Colleen’s husband has. Where does that come from?

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  2. Heather P

    Colleen, this is a great post. I took Lisa’s goal setting class this last fall, and I am working on refining my goals for 2014. I am very interested in seeing your progress, and in seeing the results of your color studies.

    Enjoy Carol’s class. I use her methods to dye and have had great success in reproducing colors. Although, I will admit that I still occasionally “dump dye” and get unexpected results. Sometimes you just have to be crazy!

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  3. Kathleen Probst

    Seeing your stack of books on color is very inspiring! I may have to piggyback on that idea and get a few of my own to study. I have planned out my 2014. I’m going to try some new things in the studio and on the art biz side.

    I think it is important not to let our big ideas get in the way of our studio practice. Sometimes I set the bar too high for myself. You remind me to remember to let go when this happens. Nice post!

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