Resolutions for Artists

 

 

A new year feels a bit like a blank canvass. Full of possibilities but a little intimidating at the same time. One way to make this year seem a bit more manageable is to make some great new year’s resolutions to help you accomplish your goals. Here are a few things to consider as you make your list of resolutions this year.

  1. Remember that it’s sometimes the littlest things that make the biggest difference. Resolving to do a sketch every single day this year is sure to improve your talents more than a making a vague goal to “get better at drawing.” So, make a small goal that you will complete consistently, at least twice a week.
  2. Make goals that will stretch you. If you don’t aim for the stars you will never reach them. Choose to say “I can” instead of “I can’t.”
  3. Don’t make your list too long. Choose a few goals that you can easily remember and that you can focus on. You don’t need a hundred resolutions to improve your art, you need just a few that will really make a difference.
  4. Resolve to get more education. Read art books from the library or sign up for an art class. You could even follow a great art blog (hint, hint). Never stop learning and growing.
  5. Make a resolution to promote your art. Make consistent posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Find ways to network with other artists and potential buyers. Signing up for art competitions is also a great way to get your name out there.

I hope this helped you make some perfect resolutions for this new year! Please post your own art goals in the comments, I’d love to hear them. You can read my art and blogging resolutions here.

 

My Blogging and Art Resolutions

Coming to a new year always makes me think of all the things I wish I had done last year and what I’d like to accomplish in the coming one. So, here is a list of my New Year’s Resolutions for the world to see. If you’d like to read more about making art resolutions click here.

Blogging Goals.

  1. Blog consistently every week.
  2. Start a series of blog tutorials about the basics of drawing.
  3. Make a guest post.

Art Goals.

  1. Sketch or doodle every day.
  2. Paint a series of mountain paintings.
  3. Have a show of my paintings in a gallery.

 

Adventure and Creativity

 

What is the essence of an adventure? I’ve been seeing the word around a lot, on coffee cups and bumper stickers, so, I looked up the definition and found it to be, “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.” I disagree with the “hazardous,” part just a little bit, but the rest of quote rings true.

I’ve always been a proponent of adventures and think that they greatly affect our creativity, and I’ll tell you why.  New, “exciting,” and “unusual,” events are often the ones that inspire us, and when we are inspired we create something that is meaningful and beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you are a baker, painter, poet, or dancer, any artist can be inspired by an adventure. If you feel stuck in your current creative endeavor, get out there, do something that you’ve never done before. Have a new experience that may change our outlook on life and your art forever.

“But what if I don’t have the time or the money for an adventure,” you may ask. Well, I think we should all try to have a once in a lifetime adventure like my brother did. He packed his supplies in a backpack and traveled into the Washington wilderness for several months. But, we should also have little adventures as often as possible. Spend your day off walking across your city or into the woods and see how far you can get. Introduce yourself to someone in an elevator. Take your sketchbook and spend a few hours in your local park recording what you see. Go to a restaurant where you can’t read anything on the menu. Go swing dancing or go to a ballet class even if you can’t dance. The the main thing is to go. Get off your phone, get off your computer, get away from your TV. We may find a rare gem of inspiration on our screens but what will really get your creative juices going are real experiences, real people, and real adventures.

I’ve been fortunate to have my fair share of great adventures. Traveling the country with my family in a van, canoeing down an icy river in the dark, and moving across to a whole new area, to name a few. My most recent adventure, however, was a small one. I saw the sign for a European Deli in our area and decided to pop in. It is owned by a wonderful little lady that never says a word of English except to count back my change. I found all sorts of wonderful foods that I couldn’t identify and was especially intrigued by the chocolates. I took the picture below because I love the colorful wrapping. Each chocolate is like a little adventure because you don’t know what your getting when you open it. Every day you live can be viewed the same way, as an adventure just waiting to be unwrapped.

 

 

 

The “Earth” without “Art” is just “Eh”

James Gurney

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If you asked me for a list of the best artists of our day, James Gurney would be at the top. I first discovered “Dinotopia” at the library when I was a little girl. I remember pouring over each page and being transported to a whole new work.

 

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“Waterfall City” by James Gurney

 

Now, as an artist, I am even more impressed with his work. His talent for making the unbelievable completely realistic is a skill that I greatly admire. One of the ways Gurney accomplishes this realism is by making small models of buildings and doing a detailed study with the correct lighting. His book “Color and Light” is an invaluable resource for any artist and is in my list of favorite art books.

 

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“Cryolophosaurus” by James Gurney

 

I hope that these paintings were as inspiring to you as they are to me.

 

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“Mountain Tribesman” by James Gurney