100 Accomplishments for 2008

by Lisa Call on December 31, 2008

in Being an Artist

To celebrate the coming of the new year I want to first honor my accomplishments for 2008.

  1. Selected Courage for my year to guide me through a year of big changes.
  2. I smiled more in 2008 than I did in 2007.
  3. I sold my house of 12 years in a single day for over my asking price.
  4. I bought a new home in Denver saying goodbye to the suburbs.
  5. I hired an awesome contractor to build my dream studio on the back of my new house.
  6. I have enjoyed the first 3 months of construction of my new studio.
  7. I spent 446 hours in my studio making art (that an average of just under 8 hours a week. I had a few months during my house sale and move when I made no art)
  8. I spent at least 700 hours marketing my art. I didn’t track it as closely as studio time but it was the lions share of my art career in 2008 as it was something I could do while the studio was inaccessible during the moves.
  9. I created 4 new textile paintings in the Markings series.
  10. I created 13 new textile patings in the Structures series.
  11. I started new series inspired by my new house, called Home, and created 8 textile paintings – .
  12. I started a new series of small works mounted on painted stretched canvas and created 21 textile paintings in the series – Lines.
  13. I created 27 new ACEOs.
  14. The result: I created 73 new pieces of art this year.
  15. I set a goal of writing and sending 4 studio newsletters in 2008 – I met that goal by sending the 4th newsletter on New Year’s Eve.
  16. I ended the year with 431 newsletter subscribers, exceeding my goal of 400.
  17. I wrote 174 blog posts.
  18. I joined twitter.
  19. I wrote 1588 tweets (in about 4 months).
  20. I ended the year with 400+ follows on twitter meeting my goal of 400.
  21. I became more active on facebook.
  22. I ended the year with 201 friends on facebook meeting my goal of 200.
  23. I had a solo show of my Markings series in Boulder, CO in February.
  24. I had a solo show of a few of my Structures textile paintings in Lincoln, NE in April.
  25. I curated a group show at the Lux Center for Arts in Lincoln, NE in April.
  26. I gave an artist talk at my February show – and love it.
  27. I exhibited 6 large textile paintings at the Butler Museum of Art in Ohio.
  28. I attended the opening of the Butler Museum show.
  29. I was juried into Form Not Function for 2009.
  30. I was asked to exhibit art at the Danforth Art Museum in 2009.
  31. I exhibited Structures #60 at Art Quilt Elements (AQE).
  32. I sold 2 small textile paintings in the gift shop during AQE.
  33. Structures #60 was mentioned in the review of AQE in the SAQA journal.
  34. I participated in the Artist Breakthrough program with Alyson Stanfield
  35. I did a podcast interview with Alyson for her online book tour – my first podcast.
  36. I was quoted in Alyson’s new book: I’d Rather Be in the Studio.
  37. I enjoyed Alyson’s series of artist interviews this fall.
  38. I attended my second retreat with Christine Kane in November
  39. I had a nice family vacation in Montana in July.
  40. I signed up to go on a tour of Africa in 2009 with Nancy Crow.
  41. I turned profit in my art business for the first time ever.
  42. I sold 2 textile paintings to the Cleveland University Hospital collection.
  43. I sold many textile paintings to supporters and collectors.
  44. I received dozens of supportive and loving comments from fans.
  45. I dyed a couple hundred yards of fabric in my backyard under a crab apple tree in my new house since I had no where else to do it. I didn’t just give it up for the year.
  46. I set up a temporary studio in a small bedroom after leaving a 600 sq ft studio to continue making art while my new studio is being built.
  47. I create a project and wrote a chapter for a crafters how to book to be published in 2009.
  48. I participated in several online interviews.
  49. I sold enough PDF fabric to others to keep my account open with Kaufman.
  50. I created a webpage to sell my artwork directly to collectors.
  51. My direct sales of art were better than I imagined.
  52. I did yoga almost every morning for 3 months in a row. I am still following a 3-4 times a month routine (most of the time).
  53. I journaled in the morning on a consistent basis.
  54. I wrote a gratitude entry in my journal 5 or 6 times a week.
  55. I went on some beautiful hikes.
  56. I experienced the magic of an aspen grove near it’s peak fall color.
  57. I had a wonderful relationship with Jim for a few months.
  58. I recovered from the end of the relationship by focusing on Joy in December.
  59. I visited the Denver Art Museum numerous time through the year.
  60. I visited the Contemporary Art
  61. I taught myself how to mount my textile paintings on canvas.
  62. I bought a new laptop for my art business.
  63. I enjoyed several wonderful meals and outings with my artist friends.
  64. I started a rewrite of my website with a design I really love.
  65. I defined what success means to me as an artist.
  66. I applied agile software management techniques to manage my art business.
  67. I sold work in the artfulhome.com studio sale in the spring.
  68. I sold work in the artfulhome.com studio sale in December.
  69. Structures #39 appeared in the artful home holiday catalog.
  70. Three textile paintings were selected as covers for Myers Briggs Booklets.
  71. I received good compensation for the use of my images on the book covers.
  72. Participated in Christine Kane’s Great Big Dreams E-Seminar – twice.
  73. Made an investment in myself and signed up for Christine’s Platinum coaching circle for 2009.
  74. Participated in small art showcase.
  75. Listed in Fine Art Department.
  76. Wrote guest post on Christine’s blog about my choice of the word Courage for 2008.
  77. Received innumerable wonderful, supportive and informative comments on my blog.
  78. Maintained a daily photo journal of the progress of my new home and studio construction.
  79. Donated and gifted 10% of my gross art income.
  80. Became comfortable and defined my career to include selling affordable art in addition to having museum shows with my Big Art.
  81. Worked a fulltime job as a software engineer.
  82. Thoroughly enjoyed being a mom to my 12 and 16 year old kids.
  83. Wrote a series of blog posts about energy, and why I get so much done.
  84. Survived my Quilt National 2009 rejection (the first rejection from QN in 4 shows)
  85. Ordered new business cards.
  86. Spent a weekend in silence.
  87. Completed one ink drawingLines #4
  88. Purchased 3+ beautiful new works of original art by artists I admire.
  89. Baked an amazing cake for Christmas dinner.
  90. Gave away a good percent (30%? 40%?) of my belongings to move from a 4000 sq ft home to a 900 sq ft home.
  91. Was interviewed for inclusion in a book about art quilters to be published in 2009 or 2010.
  92. Spent time with some wonderful old friends.
  93. Spent time with some new amazing friends.
  94. Let go of some friendships that were no longer serving me.
  95. Through the use of acupuncture, yoga and intention, quit taking advil and aleave ending a 20+ year dependence on the drugs for pain relief.
  96. Bought myself a big box of See’s candy’s in an act of serious self care.
  97. Gave street people money and didn’t worry about what they might or might not do with it.
  98. Tried out some new bright colors in my smaller textile paintings.
  99. Used a purple christmas tree for the topping off of my construction.
  100. Dressed my cats up for the holidays with no serious repercussions.

When I first thought of this list I knew my studio time (~8 hours a week) would see so small compared to my prefvious years goals of 20 hours per week. And then I look at everything else I have accomplished and I wonder where I found those 8 hours plus the 12-13 hours a week for marketing my work.

Gratitude for all I have done this year feels like the perfect way to end the year.

Tomorrow – my words for 2009 – Expansion and Integrity.

Happy New Year everyone.


Stacey Peterson December 31, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Nice job Lisa – what a great list of accomplishments!!!! One thing you didn’t mention that seems to be key is that you maintained balance while doing all of these things. Thanks for the inspiration!

I’m sitting at home with a sick husband and you’ve inspired me to use this time to think of a word or two to live with in 2009 (in addition to my usual goals, which I don’t think I can let go of just yet). =)

Judy December 31, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Hi! Lisa,

A Happy New Year as it is January 1 here in OZ. You have so many acheivements to be proud of for 2008 you cerainly had Courage I am sure you will have a very successful 2009. You have encouraged me to think about a word to live by this year, I used to do it in the past so will again.

Leah Virsik January 1, 2009 at 1:02 am

Hello Lisa,

I discovered you in Alyson B. Stanfie’d’s I’d Rather Be in the Studio. I’m quite inspired by your list of accomplishments! What has been your process for documenting them?

Besides a great list, I’m inspired by you linking back to postings on your blog especially for people who haven’t read them yet. I’m inspired by reading your definition of success as an artist. That’ll be something I’ll be working on.

I think there’s something to be said for writing things down and voicing them to the world. My word for 2009 is “simplicity”.

Thanks for your inspiration!


Ivana January 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

Wow, how many days has your year? 1000?
You did so much in last year. You inspired me to make similar list. I am not going to publish it, but I want to look back a little.
I wish nice, happy and creative new year 2009 to you.

Bonnie January 1, 2009 at 5:40 am

Congratulations on a productive and fulfilling 2008. Hope your 2009 is just as wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing the Danforth show.

Thank you for a very inspiring blog!

Brenda Pinnick January 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

Wow, you have really inspired me!
Congratulations on your wonderful year and thank you for sharing your very positive outlook, I’m going to sit down today and do the same!
Best wishes for a wonderful new year!

Lisa Call January 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

Thanks Stacey and I think you are right. I really felt a good sense of balance this year. That really helped keep me moving.

Judy – I hope the word you choose serves you well.

Leah – I don’t document them through out the year. That’s a good idea through, to keep a running list in some location. It took me about 2 hours to compile this list last night – it was a good way to honor the end of 2008. I like the word simplicity – it’s how I think of my new studio – very spare – clean – simple.

Ivana – funny – creating a list like this is really a good way to appreciate all you did. I bet your own list will inspire you.

Bonnie – thanks – I’d love to hear what you think of the Danforth show.

Brenda – best wishes to you also and you are welcome for the inspiration.

Phyllis Dobbs January 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

Wow, Lisa. You should be so proud. You have accomplished so much. You are an inspiration and inspire me to accomplish more this year. Thanks for sharing and the best for you in 2009!

Katy S January 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

Awesome! You’ve inspired me once again. I am going to try to come up with my own list as well as set some art related goals for this year.

BTW, I love perusing your affordable art page but am always looking through your blog for a link to it (I know I ought to just book mark it but that would be way too easy). Anyway, is there an obvious link somewhere that I am not seeing? Thanks.

Hope your new year is even better than the last one! Blessings, Katy

Lisa Call January 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

Thank you Phyllis – may 2009 be wonderful for you.

Katy – thanks for the prodding – I’ve been meaning to add that page to my side bar for 6 weeks now. Took 2 minutes – now it’s done.

Enjoy creating your own list – it’s fun!

Patricia January 1, 2009 at 2:23 pm

What an amazing life! Happy New Year and just keep it going.

Marianne January 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Congratulations on your achievements in 2008 and good luck for 2009 exploring your 2 new words. Looking forward to reading about it.

Mary January 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I love that you shared your list of accomplishments with us. It’s so rewarding to look back over the year and see what you’ve accomplished.
Many times we don’t know how much we’ve actually done until it’s written down. You are inspiring, to say the least! The very best to you in 2009!

artist January 2, 2009 at 10:02 am

Congratulations on your achievements in 2008 and good luck for 2009 exploring your 2 new words.

Mary January 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

wow! what an awesome list! and i love how all sorts of different aspects of your life are included, not just your career and your art. yay for you!

Alyson B. Stanfield January 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Lisa, this list is great. I love seeing it! I especially like “I smiled more.”

Thank you for inspiring so many artists! And thank you for inspiring me.

delilah January 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Great Job

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