#Mercenartist 2018

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EYES FORWARD! There’s no real reason to look back at 2017.

I will acknowledge, however, that after rectifying the technological issues that I faced from late 2016 into 2017, I managed to claw back roughly half of the following that I had lost before I went offline. I still have a long way to go.

The very next step in the growth of MOF will be to complete a new gap analysis for what I need to focus on achieving this year as a fine artist and commercial artist. That will be followed by developing a new Artist’s Business Model Canvas. Really, I should have completed the gap analysis in November or December but it’s not critical. January will do, and I can redo it by this year’s end.

One thing I am looking forward to for my personal commercial arts projects, is NASA making good on its launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in March. Although I can’t expect results from the mission to benefit me before 2018 is over, I am hoping that this mission will eventually help me advance my personal sci-fi and fantasy art projects. That work has literally been on hold since the Kepler mission proved unable to locate an adequate real-life Earth analogue that I might use as a setting for a fictional world on which to illustrate adventures. Looking even beyond 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch could bolster my commercial artwork.

The Hammer Home Street Photography Project will continue, of course, and I will continue to post some on this blog, Twitter, Facebook and Viewbug. I’m on schedule to conduct another presentation on the genre to a photography club in April. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Apart from these, I can already see that my focus will be to continue refreshing my portfolio and inventory, and be more forward in networking. I already began adding items to my 2018 Preliminary Artist Action Planner last summer.

From photography equipment to computer software, there are also some technological gaps that I hope that I can fill before the year is out.

So, to all of you who have continued to follow me. I thank you so much for your interest and support. It really means a lot.

I wish you all a happy and successful new year, and thank you all so much for loving the visual arts.

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