New Year Resolutions for Artists
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You can prepare for the success you desire by starting the new year with new ideas and a well-planned work plan. But put aside the plans for exhibitions and open studios and test out our seven New Year’s resolutions designed to kickstart your art for 2024
1. Keep your studio tidy
This is a great way to clear your mind and your space. Take your time looking through everything — inspiration might spark from the forgotten photographs or half-started sketches from 12 months ago.
You can use a corner of your room, or even a whole room. Purpose-built studioThe goal is to create a space that allows your thoughts to grow.
2. Join the drawing craze
Nothing beats the challenge that comes with a blank sheet of paper, whether you call it sketching, mark making or drawing. You can go back to the basics, whether you’re someone who starts their work with sketches or rarely touches a pencil. Try out soft pencils, charcoal and even color if your mood strikes you.
Set yourself some limits. Try to capture something in the time limit. Try out some of our Drawing exercises to get you going.
3. Take a step out of your comfort Zone
This is a swapsies game. If you are a portrait painter, go Abstract and put the brush and the color where the mood takes you. If you’re abstract, choose a nice theme. Landscape. The aim here isn’t to take you in a totally different discipline (although you might never look back), but when you return to your preferred painting style, you will bring some of the elements of your alternative style with you.
It is a good way for artists to experiment with 3D art. Borrow a potter’s wheel, get some modeling clay, playdough or even scrunched-up balls of paper.
4. Collage your life
What images are on your studio wall? For how long? Find new things to inspire yourself and clear your walls. It might be postcards from the Van Gogh Museum or scraps of canvas from paintings that didn’t originally work. Embrace the Art of decoupage. I like to add paint charts to my wall, color wheels and images of paintings I’ve sold as inspiration.
5. Cut up your canvass
We all have canvases that are stacked up against a wall. We think we’ll rework them someday. Start by cutting the canvas with a craft knife. Remove the pieces that you like. It could be several fragments or one section large enough to frame on its own. It’s satisfying and frees up canvas frames to create new work without having to invest in new stretchers. Win-win!
6. Bring back your childhood
My favorite exercise is to buy kid’s art sets and have a go at them. It could be finger painting or puppet-making. It could also be printing sets or simple felt-making kit to make a plush. Even something as simple and easy as coloring can help you to refresh your color palette. There are dozens of options for children’s craft kits.
You can buy kits at toy and stationery stores and involve the entire family!
7. Change your perspective
Most artists keep their studios set up the exact same way, year after year. They may even have the same view from the window. Or to cast a specific light on your easel, or worktop.
Change your perspective to get out of the comfort zone. You can move your furniture to create different angles and change the light and shadow you are used too. You may not want to do it again immediately, but you can give it a shot for a week or two. You might be inspired by something as simple as turning your easel towards the light rather than away.
Change your medium
We become comfortable with our work and use the same tools, surfaces, mediums and even colors. To be an artist is a difficult task, so it needs to be worth the effort. Producing the exact same work in the exact same way can be unsatisfying to the artistic spirit.
You will be amazed at the lighter colors you can achieve and how different your work can be because of the drying speed.
Try using reds and yellows to create a striking seascape. If you have a lot green in your landscapes, try using greyscales.
You can find it very satisfying to paint large canvases. But trying to translate that style into a small work will test both your discipline and your decision-making. You may discover a new market for smaller works.
You don’t have to follow all the resolutions at once, you can spread them throughout the year or print out the list and dip in when you feel inspiration waning.
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