New goals

It’s that time of year again to look at past goals and set some new goals.

I did get a start on painting this year. I’ve been working on bamboo for the last few months. Next year, I’d like to work on other plants and flowers.

The perennial goal that I seem to never be able to do is create completed works. For some reason, I am super focused on learning and practicing, but not having works to show.

I shouldn’t have an excuse anymore. I have small seal script and one clerical script under my belt, so I should be able to complete a work.

For 2019, I’m making my goal more specific: two works of calligraphy. One by June, and one by December. Ideally I would like to do more, but since my past attempts have yielded none, it’s probably best to start small.

In terms of scripts, my goals are to learn a new standard script, and a running script. Depending on how well those go, I would like to start on a cursive script.

In 2019, I really need to put more effort into Western calligraphy. I need to get to a point where I am as comfortable with a Western calligraphy script as I am with any of my Chinese calligraphy scripts. My goal is to keep on practicing brush Roman Trajan. I also need to work on basic exercises for Copperplate script.

These goals do not seem like much compared to past years, but perhaps I was being too ambitious before. Or maybe I have hit a point in my practice where I know what needs to be done and it’s just a matter of doing it. Do you have any calligraphy goals for 2019?


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