Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Top 10's and Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!!  One year ago I started a blog and committed to painting a painting a week.  I'm happy to say that I have completed my goal:)  So this year I am pushing through and continuing my commitment.  I'm striving to paint every day.  My friend Crystal Cook posted her top 10 paintings for 2010, she got the idea from Kim Rempel.  Such a wonderful idea I'm going to do the same.  I'm also going to post my Top 10 Goals for 2011. 
Hydrangeas watercolor on paper

Hydrangeas in blue crock watercolor on paper 18 x 24

Orange Day lily on patterned plate 11 x14

Apples in Candlewick watercolor on paper 18 x 24

Illuminated Pumpkins watercolor on paper 20 x 24

Me and My Shadow watercolor on paper 10 x10

Venetian Canal watercolor on paper 18 x 24

Buone Feste watercolor on paper 18 x 24
Carnivale Revisited watercolor on paper 18 x 24

Pomegranates and Cranberries watercolor on paper 6 x 6

Here are my Top 10 goals

1. Paint 5 days a week
2. Paint 15 6x6's a month and 2 larger competition pieces per month
3.  Enter 10 exhibits
4. Double my blogger friends and increase my e-mail contact list
5.  Sell more paintings
6.  Start a newsletter and do features on fellow artists
7.  Write an elevator speech
8.  Add to my blogger alliance, find a group for accountability and motivation
9.  Attend another watercolor workshop
10. Get on a daily painter site.  Become represented by a gallery.
And 1 to grow on.  Re-listen to Artists Helping Artists radio shows, take notes, and do what they suggest, 1 thing a week. 

Happy New Year my friends!!  2011 is going to rock!


  1. Good for you! Love the paintings and the goals. Happy New Year!

  2. You've accomplished the most gorgeous collection of artwork I've ever seen in one year! Wow! These are so beautiful, every one of them. I'm going to just stare at them for awhile and hope that some of your talent and ambition will wear off on me! Happy New Year!

  3. Congratulations on your year blogging. Your goals are very ambitious. I wish you good luck achieving them. Lovely work. I do remember some of them first time around. Happy New Year!

  4. Fifty-two wonderful paintings, Carrie! My personal favorite is the apple painting. That was your first painting that I "discovered".

    What great goals! You're very brave to publish them. However that a terrific technique for holding yourself to them. I look forward to seeing your accomplishments this year!

  5. Those were my favorite paintings, too, Carrie! I have no doubt your goals will be met - even if you only achieve HALF of them, it'll rock your world! Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your watercolor paintings! And I have to tell you that your Blue Hydrangeas melt me....Congratulations to you for accomplishing such a fabulous goal!!!

  7. Well congrats Carrie! You've done a wonderful thing in completing your goal. :) And all those are so beautiful it's too hard to pick a favorite. Good luck with your goals this year! I know you'll make every single one of them!!

  8. Crystal, your top 10's are gorgeous! And your artist goals for 2011 are admirable ... do you mind if I "borrow" them?

  9. your work is fabulous. kudos to you and I love your blog.

  10. Carrie...what a wonderful collection of top 10 paintings....your work is so amazing....I would be very hard pressed to narrow down to just 10 for the year. Your goals are admirable for this new year....may you have the strength and perservence to see them through. I agree with you, 2011 is gonna rock! Happy new year to you and yours!

  11. Great goals Carrie !!
    Have fun and be a rock'n paint girl !
    Happy new year to you...

  12. Great goals and beautiful paintings!!!

  13. These are great goals Carrie!! My goal is to finish one every 3 weeks!! I wish I can be as quick as you. Your work is flawless!!!

  14. Wow, wow, wow!!! Great paintings, great goals too :0D

  15. I agree! Great paintings! :) Happy New Year!! May you reach all your goals!

  16. Incredibly beautiful works. Really enjoyed them . Just passed by, but happy to follow.