So next week it will be 2021. If feels good to type that, even though I don’t usually like it when years fly by like this one kind of did for me. It feels like yesterday that I was free to go where ever I want. I realize this year has dragged on for some people, but I guess it’s pretty subjective. But I hope next year is whole helluvalot better and that it doesn’t fly by too fast.

So what’s in store for me next year, is probably not the first question on your mind, but it’s my blog so I’ll answer it anyway! Well, sometime in February will mark the first anniversary of this blog. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but it feels a little narcissistic to write about myself and what I’m doing every week, so I’m looking forward to do doing some things to mitigate that a little. I’ll likely ask some of my friends to write guest posts and hopefully they’ll do it. The Frost Shield Kerfuffle, the collective that I belong to was supposed to have an exhibition in 2021, but due to the pandemic the Damaged Landscapes exhibition is postponed, but our last exhibition entitled Revolting is supposed to be touring the province of Manitoba and I believe that is happening this year. So I’ll be writing about that and likely sharing the work I did for that, some of which I haven’t shared publicly yet. And maybe some of the Kerfuffles will write a guest post? No pressure, if the Kerfuffles are reading this!

One of the other things I’m planning to do in the coming year is to work on my website. I have a lot of work to add to the site, and I also want people to be able to buy paintings directly from me on the site. So I need to organize the work into new categories. As it stands right now, there are four categories: There Ain’t not Moon in the Sky, which features my paintings of weird things happening on the Moon made from 2015 to 2018; Menagerie, my paintings of human/animal hybrids or chimeras painted between 2016 and 2018; and then all my new work based on Psychological Cubism, or at least inspired by George Condo’s work. There are now a great deal of paintings in that style, dwarfing all of my other output. Most of them are Pop Art based and that’s the category I need to organize. Some of the other categories are easier, such as the cubist animals, of which there are only a few but I intend to focus on that subject more this coming year than last. Also there are now a goodly number of paintings of made up characters that can also be a category of their own. But right now, only there are only pop culture paintings on the site under the boring categories of, 2019 and 2020.

A Selection of Paintings by Chris Simonite that need to be categorized.

First of all, what should I actually call this work? I’ve been toying with Pop-Psy Cubism. Hmmm, no one will know what that is, so maybe not? Once I have that figured out, should I organize all the pop art paintings into sub categories, or just have one page with 80 or more paintings on it (I don’t know exactly how many there are. and there are more to come, no doubt)? Or maybe have sub-categories, like Sci-fi, Horror, Comedy, etc.? But then all of those categories will overwhelm the Moon and Menagerie categories. I’m really not sure what to do, so if anyone out there in Blogland has any advice, I’d love to hear it! In the meantime, I will have to research the sites of other artists. I’ll likely spend some time this week doing that. Most of this week will be spent as a holiday so I likely won’t lift a paint brush.

Other than that that, I have an account with Saatchi Art, and maybe I should actually try to use it? I get the impression that it’s hard to sell there, plus they take one third of the sale. But if the work sells, then maybe I can eventually raise my prices? We’ll see. It’s also been a few years since I applied for any exhibitions, and I now have a rather large body of work, so I will likely spend some of my time applying. Of course that means researching where to apply to and such. It seems that there is lots to do, and I’ve only just scratched the surface. Happy New Year everyone and get that damn vaccine!