10 New Years Resolutions for Artists10 New Years Resolutions for the New Year
10 Resolutions for the New Year
1 - Set at least one long-term goal. These are overarching goals that you want to accomplish by year's end. Some may be even longer, such as 3-year or 5-year goals. For example, you may want to have an art show, or get into a gallery, or create an artist website. These long-term goals will keep you on track throughout the year. Decide by when you want to achieve a certain long-term goal, then break it down into smaller, manageable steps. Having a supportive artist friend with whom you share your goals can help make them more attainable.
2 - Set short-term goals. Break your long-term goals down into smaller pieces and turn them into short-term goals. These are goals that you set for yourself to accomplish within a shorter time-frame, such as a day, or a few days, or within a week or two. For example, if you are preparing to create a website you need to have good quality photographs of your artwork. You can set the goal of photographing all your artwork within the next month. If your long-term goal is to have a show of your artwork, then in addition to photographing your work you will want to write an artist's statement and put together a mailing list. These can be your shorter-term goals.
3 - Keep a calendar. This is where you will set deadlines for yourself to help you achieve your goals as well as keep track of exhibit deadlines, application deadlines, when to drop off and pick up work, etc. This is also where you schedule time to do your artwork!
4 - Schedule time to paint. Schedule undistracted time for your artwork on a regular basis. Paint daily (or almost daily) if you can. Value who you are and what you do as an artist and make time for it.
5 - Keep track of your work. This is part of valuing your work. Keep a spreadsheet of your work. Include title, dimensions, medium, date, and where it is. Is it on loan? Is it sold? Who owns it? How much did you sell it for?
6 - Use sketchbooks and visual journals regularly. These are the seeds for your next great painting. Sketchbooks and journals are vital for keeping your creativity flowing, developing new ideas, doing studies, and for going back to and looking through during those times when you don't know what to paint next.
7 - Grow your fan base through social media. This may be hard for some of us who aren't as technologically savvy, but it is the best way to get your artwork seen by viewers, and that is what is important. The more people who see your artwork, the greater opportunity there is for selling it. Try Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, for example, whatever you are most comfortable with and see how it goes. Read "Best Social Networks for Artists to Sell Their Work" for more information on selling artwork through social media.
8 - Support other artists. You can start by "Liking" other artists' posts on social media. Artists tend to be a friendly, supportive, caring group of people, generally happy for other artist's successes, and concerned about the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. There are many artists and art organizations doing great things in the world and we need to support one another. The world needs more artists.
9 - See more art and other cultural performances. Go to art openings, exhibits, museum shows, theater, and dance performances. Not only will you be supporting other artists by attending their openings, but the more artwork you're exposed to, the more ideas you will get for your own artwork.
10 - Grow as an artist. Learn new skills and try new materials. Take a class. Teach a class. Write a blog. Painting is a solitary business — balance it by getting out into the world and mingling with other people, creative types and other artists.
And always, remember that you are blessed to be doing work you enjoy!