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Soon, it will be time to pack up the unsold holiday-themed work, clean all the printmaking gear off my dining room table, and start thinking about next year.
Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity spends the last week of the year looking back and planning ahead. He calls it his "annual review", and you can read more about it on his blog. It's a great idea, both personally and professionally, to look back over the year and see what went well and what didn't.
This has been a great year for Tuckamore Design. Sales have been really encouraging since the summer. The responses that I've gotten at shows and from local stores have all been positive. Even though I've had difficulties at times juggling a full-time day job and the demands of a small - well, tiny - business, I still enjoy doing this. My fear for years has been that, at some point, I'd get sick of printing 100 cards from the same block, bored with doing the same stuff over and over. Happily, that hasn't happened in 15 years of printing.
I'm going to spend some time between now and January 1st thinking about where I'd like to go with my artwork, and with my little company. I've decided to retire some old blocks to make room for new work. I'm really looking forward to developing some limited edition block prints in the New Year. I have some ideas for Buffalo landmarks that I'd like to use for fundraising for local architectural preservation groups. I'm also interested in exploring my favourite technique of embossing in larger and more complex works.
I'll still make my line of cards, of course, but I feel the need to push my own boundaries a little more than I have been. I want to try some new things and see where I can go. It's going to be fun :)