Between now and the end of the
With just a few days left before I venture into the world of full-time artistry, I've found myself reflecting much on my practice.
This is my list of new year's resolutions to become a more intentional and productive artist:
1. reopen my sketchbook and never let it leave my side. The summer before senior year of college I started a sketchbook. It was a black, leather bound journal that I took everywhere, beginning with my trip to Ghana (it has some of my most favorite, treasured sketches of the children in it), and became somewhat of my silent therapist during my senior year. I wrote down everything - journal entries, answer-less questions, sketches, ideas. It was without a doubt the single greatest source of inspiration throughout my Senior Thesis. I filled that sketchbook soon after graduation, and followed it with a few half-hearted attempts at new ones, but none of them lasted. Instead I've been resorting to scattered notes on used envelopes and the occasional napkin, and that's if I sketch at all -- and it's just not working. I need to recommit myself to sticking with a journal, and continue searching for and recording daily inspiration.
2. studio time. even as I'm writing this blog post, I should be painting. Once, I am
3. set concrete goals. When I first officially started my business this past year, I established a business plan and set goals for the first month, 3 months, 6 months, and year. I actually reached nearly all of them within the first few months, and then sorta tucked that list in my back pocket and forgot about it. Well, today, I'm pulling that list back out and adding to it, with real, concrete financial goals that I need to keep on display as a visual reminder and motivation.
4. stay excited and inspired. this last resolution will likely be achieved through a combination of all above. I used to paint when I was feeling especially inspired, when ever that moment would strike. Now running a business, a business which will be my full-time profession and sole source of income, this method is not sustainable, nor practical. Instead of letting inspiration find me, I need to make a conscious effort to actively seek a steady stream of inspiration -- beyond just pinterest. I want to make more trips to museums, galleries and studios, do more reading and research, and fully commit myself to developing my art -- not just selling paintings.
Have you started thinking about your new year resolutions yet? For the record, I'm not sure that I entirely believe in new year's resolutions -- I think self-improvement should really be something you are constantly re-evaluating and striving for all year long. So I'm going to try to keep updating this list every few months (there's already a few more goals I could think of) But, I'm excited for this new year and think this list a good start to keep me focused through all the changes ahead :)