Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Renewed Resolution

I know that I am not the best person to speak of sticking to resolutions when the New Year rings in, but I have to say that I am so happy to be apart of the MNSCBWI's Mentorship program this year. Last night was a perfect reason why it is so great to hook up with aspiring artists, and to work together towards goals that will help not only the mentoree but also the mentor. For me, that person happens to be Betsy LePlatt. She is an artist that has wonderful sense of composition, use of color, and great character development. What seemed to be a simple hour long meeting, was actually one that lasted a little over two hours. It is amazing how energized one can get when you are with like minded friends. Not only am I looking forward to the progress that Betsy will be making over the course of the next year, but I am anxious to see how much of that enthusiasm rubs off on me as well. To have goals laid out and an idea of where one wants to go, it is never to late or early to think of those resolutions that we must have. Why must we wait till the first of the year? Isn't is bound to fail if we already know that it's "just" a New Years Resolution. Why not have a years worth of resolutions that are actually doable. For me, I know that I am going to work on solidifying my presence so that when I contact publishers, they will have a better idea of what I am about, what I can do, and how I can work to make their projects great. Another area that I need to keep working on is the organizational aspect of my studio. How easy is it to just lay things over there instead of putting them away. I know it is a studio, but when I spend half an hour looking for "that roll of tape" or the tube of paint I set down somewhere then it is time to reorganize it. If only all my studio items could be called to find them! So I hope that even though we are two months away from the new year, why not take that extra hour we are giving this weekend and come up with some new and energizing goals that will help us reach where we are going!

6 comments:

Nina said...

Enthusiasm is indeed contagious- can't wait to hear how your year with Betsy unfolds!

Janvangogh said...

Promising monthly, weekly updates on your blog with your progress will help with organization.

WE ARE WATCHING!!! :-)

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Nina. I will be sure to let you know how it goes.

Shawn McCann said...

Thanks Janet. I promise I will try to do updates :) Why is it that the organizational aspect of being an artist is so darn crazy. Maybe I should make a movie about it and the explosion of color afterwards!

Janvangogh said...

Sounds like a plan. Is your cousin going to have a part?

Shawn McCann said...

Of course he is! :)