My Professional Goals

I have several goals related to building my art business. I want art to be a nice little side hustle that brings in some extra income.

Violet Mermaid
Gouache painting by Veronica Bouchard

Sell art
I want to sell my art. Now I don’t think that makes me a sell out. I would feel so accomplished if people loved my art so much they would want to buy it and place it in their homes. When I decided to go to art school years ago my mom was against it. She wanted me to go into a field that had a better chance of making money. I was young so I rebelled against that and went anyways. After I graduated I had all this debt and I lost all of the connections I made in the art community I couldn’t find a job in the art field and I had to work two jobs to make ends meet. I felt like a total failure. Now that I have some financial stability in my life I want to give it another shot. My goal is that in the next two years I’m making enough per month to cover my monthly student loan payments. (not an insignificant amount)

I’m currently working on this big audacious goal of selling my art. I just sold my first drawing on Fiverr last week. I’m really hoping these small accomplishments help me build momentum.
Tutorials/ youtube
Another goal of mine is to start teaching others. I always loved helping others learn how to paint or draw. I’ve never gotten my teaching certificate so I feel slightly limited in the types of teaching paths I can go down. (that and they time restraints of a full time job) So my goal is to start making online tutorials and youtube videos. This will be a fairly lofty goal for me because I have no experience with youtube or writing tutorials, but I think I could really help others with this type of content.

I’m really hoping to get some fun painting tutorials made in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.
Gallery shows
My first gallery show! This is another big audacious goal for me! The only art shows I’ve ever been a part of were through my school. If I could get into a curated group show I would feel extremely accomplished. To me it would be the validation from another art professional that I really want to experience. It would show that my art is on the right track and that I’m doing great things.
Art fairs
Participating in an art fair is definitely on my to-do list for this upcoming year. The idea of it does scare me a bit. I’ve heard that the high up front costs has made art fairs not worth it for many artists. Still I would like to give it a try. It would help get my art out in the public and being viewed by a larger audience. I could make prints and other small items to sell and maybe even get some commission orders.

My Art Goals

Solemn Lake
Solemn Lake by Veronica Bouchard

I find that creating goals and milestones is a great way to keep myself motivated. Since I’m just getting back into making art after a very long hiatus I have some short term goals that could be considered beginner artist goals, or new artist goals. For example my portfolio for 5 years ago seems very amateurish and it no longer aligns with my aesthetic. (I feel like back then I was pushed into making art that was provocative, but that’s a topic for another blog.) My number one goal right now is to build a portfolio from scratch. I want to have 10 – 20 finished pieces that I feel proud of.
I’m very excited about this goal however there is a drawback of excitement, I find myself rushing into completing paintings and maybe not taking as much time as I should to refine the composition and the details. Rushing through them sometimes causes amateurish mistakes. I know I should be slowing down, practicing more and pushing myself to create better work, but the excitement has me jumping the gun a bit. That leads me into my second goal; improve my artwork. I don’t want my art to remain in the realm of mediocrity. I want to polish up my skills. Because I’m no longer in school, developing my skills will need to be primarily self taught.
My other new artist goal is to define my style. At the moment I feel as though the subjects and themes of my work are a bit scatterbrained. I hope that in creating my portfolio from scratch that I’ll have the opportunity to really develop my style so that if someone see my paintings they’ll know that i made them without having to write it out.
Now I also have some more long- term career based goals. I want to start selling art on my website. I want to start getting commissions, grow my social media followings, start a youtube channel, make art tutorials. And so much more. I know it’ll be difficult while working full time but I’m feeling so motivated.

Why I Stopped Making Art for a Very Long Time

Mountains and Valley Landscape
watercolor painting by Veronica Bouchard

Did you know I stopped making art for a very long time? It happened when I fell into a deep depression. It was the time leading up to, during and after I divorced my ex. After taking such a long hiatus it was so hard to get started again.

I feel like it’s finally time for me to confront all the reasons I stopped making art and begin to create strategies to get back into my art making practice.  First I want to confess how guilty I feel from not making art for so long. I was neglecting my passions and part of my identity. I always remember one of my mentors casually stating that those who don’t make art for extended periods of time aren’t real artists. This comment still haunts me and makes me feel like I have to prove myself as an artist.

One of my biggest obstacles was losing my support group. I stopped making art when my ex moved us hundreds of miles away. At the time I felt like I lost my family, my friends and every creative person I knew.  I was in a new place with no one to encourage or support my art making. I quickly became so lonely and fell into a depression.  It stunted my creativity, I couldn’t find the energy or the motivation to paint. This is the biggest hurdle that I’m trying to overcome.  

Where I live now I don’t have any artist friends in real life so I am trying seeking them out online. I’m trying to immerse myself in communities on Instagram, reddit, youtube, facebook, ect.  I haven’t quite found my place yet but I’m already feeling so much more encouraged. My next step will be trying to make those connections in real life. I can be  fairly shy when it comes to putting myself out there so we’ll see how it works out.

Reviving My Art Blog

Why hello there!

Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Unfinished colored pencil fan art by Veronica Bouchard

I haven’t touched this blog in forever!  I think it’s long over due for an update.  But why bother with a blog when I can just post on facebook or instagram?  Truth is, i’m not sure why I want to bother.  I want a place where I can possible host tutorials, post my art, and write about the projects I’m working on.

The biggest reason why I want to restart this blog is to write about my art-making side hustle. My dream to make a business out of drawing and painting. I sold a few paintings last year but I feel like I could do soo much more.  I think this blog would make more a great landing page for anyone interested in hiring me for a commission.

Speaking of commissions, I just launched my first Fiverr Gig!

If you don’t know what Fiverr is, it’s a website where people, like myself, can post gigs or jobs that we are willing to do for as little as $5.

So if you click on “Buy Custom Art” from the menu it’ll take you to my Fiverr page. There you can see my very fist gig of “Hand Drawn Realistic Portraits” starting at only $10! But it won’t stay that price for long, so go check it out while the big discount is still there!

In the future by on the look out for my upcoming gigs. I plan on launching “Digital Portraits,” “Acrylic Paintings,” “Children’s Book Illustrations,” and “Blog/Article Illustrations” this upcoming week.

Drip Drawings

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one d1s

One d2s

More voyeuristic hidden drawing drip paintings. Get up close and surprise! Naked ladies!

Every Tuesday I post an older work from my portfolio or a sketchbook drawing. It is important to look at our previous work so that we can see how we’ve grown and improved.

Model Sketch

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Two sketches in one. I know I don’t draw people interacting too often but I love this couple right here.

Every Tuesday I post an older work from my portfolio or a sketchbook drawing. It is important to look at our previous work so that we can see how we’ve grown and improved.

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