What are your artist goals for 2017? How did they work for you in 2016? A review of what’s behind us is helpful for planning what’s in front of us, especially if we want to steer towards new and improved pathways, right? You could cross the length of the pool in front of you by just swimming, but it’s more efficient (& fun) to kick off the wall behind you for a decisive start.
If you’re inclined to mutter about what you didn’t finish into an end-of-the-year tea cup of disappointment, perhaps a review of last year while drafting a plan for this year would be a perfectly swell exercise. This is not a post about resolutions. I like the word resolute (defined as admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering), but that sounds a bit rigid, and I think it’s more appealing to make a creative plan based on your wishes, dreams and art-making fantasies. That sounds more like fun, don’t you think?
How many paintings and drawings and art-related activities did you accomplish in 2016? Everything counts. Did you doodle a postcard and mail it to someone? Did you draw a little in a sketchpad? Did you read a book about art? Did you meet with others to paint, or take a class, or a workshop? How about organizing your art-making area? Did you show your work, write some blog posts, share art on social media? Did you visit a museum? Gather and count your art-goodies, keeping in mind that this will be a jumping off point for this new year, and not an exercise in self loathing for failure to hit the mark. If you’ve been away from your art for so long that last year’s calendar had less than a sprinkle of art-related events, read this post about my start&stop journey back to art late in life, and be encouraged. ???? We’re going to use the scarcity of art on last year’s calendar to inform & propagate this year’s plan of action in the next post.
I exhibited at about a dozen art festivals & shows, but produced far less artwork this year, which doesn’t make me happy at all, so I’ll be prioritizing painting days on the new calendar we’re going to draft in the next post. I also planned to start a series on different art supplies, and that didn’t happen either. I edited fifteen video tutorials on my youtube channel, and wrote sixty blog posts, but didn’t take a single art workshop. In mid-January last year, I committed to daily exercise with weights, at home, with a great youtube channel as my trainer, and that has been excellent (& free). So, there’s that. 🙂
I signed up for two video art classes online, and have yet to finish them, even though they’re both excellent, so that area will need some attention this year too. (If you’re looking for online art classes to dot across your new calendar, have a look at this post.)
So now that we’ve looked back, what’s our favorite view of the horizon looking forward? Write it down. I’m scribbling a list that includes shooting & editing some private video courses on best studio practices for getting organized & how to get your art into the world (thanks to all of you for the great feedback on what you’d like to see!). I’ve got another trip to Provence as crew with workshopsinfrance.com in the works, and more audiobooks, daily exercise, art festivals, & printmaking experiments. I want to create a new series of still life and interiors in both watercolor & printmaking. Oh, and I want to do more sketching too!
How about you? Purge all your ideas onto a page; think big & broad. What would make you happy? What’s on the list of things you’d like to learn? What art methods or subjects would you like to dabble in this year? Do you want to take a painting trip? Write it all down, and include a continuation of the things from last year’s calendar that worked well for you. Even if it didnt work, or you didnt get to it, if you still feel strongly about doing it, add that item to your list.
In the next post, we’ll plot everything we can fit into a prepared calendar. In the meantime, either download & print a calendar to scribble on (like this one), or procure a 12 month calendar that features one month per page in a block of squares. We’ll need a visual to help us really comprehend how much & how little time there is to make things in the next year. Are you ready? I sure am!
Thanks for your visit, and I’ll see you in the next post, with calendar in hand!
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