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New Year, New Goals
Whether you’re a beginning artist or an experienced pro, it’s always a good idea to take stock at the beginning of a new year and make some New Year’s resolutions to help the coming year be even more successful. You may be thinking of taking your art in a new direction or sharing your art on social media. This year might be the year you set up a studio or learn a new medium. Whatever your goals, we’re here to support them and help make them a reality for you.
15 New Year’s Artist’s Goals
To help you jumpstart the goal-setting process, here are 15 resolution ideas, along with links to more information and special products you might need.
1. Take your art in a new direction
Do you always draw still lifes or portraits? Why not take a step out of your comfort zone and try to draw a landscape? To learn a bit more about what’s involved in landscape painting and drawing, click on the link. Or maybe you’re a realist painter and you want to try abstracts. Whatever new direction you’re thinking of going in, this is the year to try!
2. Start that art project you keep postponing
Procrastination is the biggest enemy of the artist. Make this the year you start that project you keep putting off. Start with small steps and soon you’ll have a completed work! Maybe you’ve always wanted to know how to draw faces. This is your chance to accomplish that goal.
3. Learn to use new art tools
Take this year to stretch your skills by learning to use new tools. If you’ve always drawn and sketched with pencils, maybe it’s time to try markers. A good place to start is with Arteza’s library of blogs in the Creative Corner on the website. We have guides and tutorials on a wide variety of subjects, such as using Real Brush Pens or EverBlend markers. You’ll be surprised how simple and satisfying it is to draw and paint with them.
4. Find more time for your art practice
It’s easier than you think to squeeze in some extra time for artmaking. You can get up earlier and make art before work or turn off the TV at night and grab some extra time. Have five free minutes at work? That’s all you need to practice simple skills such as linear techniques. These few minutes can really help you improve!
5. Plan your art spending
Buying new products or replenishing your existing supplies can be inconvenient, especially when you’re in the middle of creating a work of art. By estimating what you’ll need for the year and purchasing your supplies in bundles, you’ll have everything you need at hand in the coming months, plus save money.
6. Set up your studio
Even if all you have is a small corner, you can set up a working art studio. The important thing is to have a place that allows you to focus on your work and has everything you need to make your art. We believe your studio is wherever your canvases are!
7. Share your art
It’s amazing how much support and encouragement you can get when you share your art with others. If you’re not ready for an exhibit, but want to start sharing, posting images of your art online is the answer. Make this the year you show your work online. We’d love to see what you create. Follow us and share your works by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
8. Go to one art workshop a month
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like participating in a workshop and learning from professional artists. You’ll get valuable tips and learn amazing techniques. If you can’t find one in your area, we’ve got tons of online workshops for you to enjoy at Creator’s Central.
9. Visit one art exhibition each month
There’s nothing more inspiring than looking at the works of those who have made an impact on the art world. It’s worth it to take one day a month to visit an art museum, galleries, or art spaces in your community or while you’re traveling. Here’s a list of some must-see museums.
10. Get to know more artists (especially in your area)
As an artist, you probably work in isolation. That’s not a bad thing, but sometimes it’s helpful to talk to other artists, share ideas, or get inspiration from what they’re doing. There are lots of art communities you can join on social media and in the meantime, you can read our interviews with Arteza Artists of the Month.
11. Overcome artist burnout
In a rut or just plain don’t feel like creating anything right now? That’s okay. You may be suffering from artist burnout. This year take steps for overcoming burnout and learn how to avoid getting it in the future. Here are a few things to try to help you move past your burnout and back into doing what you love to do!
12. Redecorate a room with your art
By hanging just one piece of art in your room, you can get the feeling you’ve redecorated the entire space, especially if it’s one of your works. By pulling out the colors of one of your paintings or drawings and using it as the theme for accessories throughout the room, you’ve created a one-of-a-kind space. Add personality to your room by using the on-trend technique of acrylic pouring.
13. Spend more time drawing in nature
Nature drawing is not only a great way to build your sketching skills, but it’s also a wonderful way to relax and de-stress. Take time this year to go outside and draw what you see—trees, flowers, insects, clouds. All you need is a pencil and a sketchbook. You might be surprised at the artwork you’ll create as well as the inspiration for future works you’ll get.
14. Film your art process
If you love online tutorials, why not make your own? It’s easier than you think. All you need is your smartphone and a YouTube channel or other social media account. Plan all the steps you want to show ahead of time and push the video start button on your phone. When you’re finished, upload it to your favorite site. To see examples of what you might want to do, check out our channel on YouTube.
15. Create your own custom clothes
It’s a new year, so how about a new style? Add your own artistic spin to your wardrobe by using fabric markers and paints or heat transfer vinyl. These are two easy ways to incorporate your creativity into wearable art. Make one-of-a-kind designs that tell the world there’s no one else like you!
We hope this list of resolutions inspires you to think of all the opportunities open to you in the new year and that you’ll aspire to learn, improve, and share your work with others. Having at least one goal will help get the year off to a good start. You’ll have something to focus on throughout the months to come, and when it’s met, have the feeling of accomplishment that comes with saying you’ve achieved your goal!