New Year's Resolutions for Artists
Our top 7 New Year Resolutions for artists to make the most of 2022.
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After the last few weeks getting caught up in the festivities, there’s nothing like starting the new year with dreams of what we’d like to accomplish in the 12 months to follow.
While you may have some firm health, fitness or financial goals for the year ahead, have you thought much about making artist resolutions? Yes, this applies even if you’re not an artist.
The list below includes fun resolutions that are easy to implement and which will keep you creatively curious all year round.
1) Make creativity a habit
Instead of sitting down for hours every night to watch TV, what if you opted for turning on some music, picking up a paintbrush and painting what you hear? Or, eschew aimlessly scrolling social media for cutting up magazines and collaging. Do some journaling or write a few lines in a notebook while you sip on a cup of tea or coffee. It doesn’t have to make sense and you don’t need to show anyone, it’s just a way to express yourself.
While this doesn’t need to be something you do every single day, the more effort you put into making time for creativity, the more time you will want to spend exploring it.
Leaving school shouldn’t signal the end of learning. Discover your contemporaries at a local independent gallery and see what inspires people right now. Go in search of the masters like Van Gogh, Matisse or Dali at an exhibition either in person or online. Examine the brushstrokes and consider how the painting was put together. In fact, a fantastic way to understand the structure of a painting is to copy it yourself. Mix your paint to get the right tones, explore mark making and see what you come up with, you may surprise yourself.
Another thing we shouldn’t ever stop doing as we get older is playing. We can learn a lot from children by having fun and experimenting whilst not being afraid to make a mess or look silly. This is a great approach if you’re suffering from artist’s block or feeling daunted by the thought of a blank canvas.
Try using a different medium, with your eyes closed. Why not pour paint onto the canvas and move it with your hands? Take found items, like twigs from the park or the beach and use them in any way you can think of. By throwing out all the rules and everything you think you know about art, you tap into another layer of creativity and perhaps might just find a new style you love.
Artists can sometimes shy away from showing their work to other people for fear of negative feedback. Haven’t we all, at one time or another, been the student who is proud to show their work only for it to be dismissed? But meeting other creative souls can help ignite new ideas and opportunities as well as offering support, given that a lot of artists work alone.
Try experimenting with interdisciplinary art by finding someone who works in a different medium to you and collaborate on a project together. Your art might go into a completely new direction because of it.
5) Take time off
This sounds counterintuitive and in opposition to the first goal, however taking time off from making art can be really beneficial to your creativity. Get inspired by the outdoors, travel to new places and soak up new sights. Read a book, pick up a puzzle or do some gardening. You never know where your next source of inspiration is coming from, often where you least expect it.