The Year of the Artist

At the beginning of every new year, we inevitably put getting in shape at the top of our list of resolutions. This year, why not plan to flex your artistic muscle as well? Take time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished with your creativity in the past 12 months. Did you surprise yourself? Did you take a workshop that changed your approach? How did you break through creative blocks? Consider what worked and what didn’t and then make a list of at least 12 things (one per month) you’re going to try in 2002.

In the e-mail newsletter of The Artist’s Magazine, our parent publication, we asked readers to come up with their artistic goals for the new year. Here’s what they had to say:

Open, and actually use a great set of colored pencils and associated materials I’ve had in storage for the past two years. Become reacquainted with watercolors occasionally. Find time to paint on location. Sketch more often than I currently do. After all it’s the basis for any and all art that is meaningful, right? And finally, of course, find the time to accomplish all of the above.
Pat Matriscino
Geneva, New York

I plan to accomplish the following in 2002:

  • Join three collage societies, submit my artwork and exhibit in their shows.
  • Have my paper weave collage technique written about and published in a major art magazine.
  • Continue to create a body of work, producing one paper weave collage per month.

Kristine Kadlec
Los Angeles, California

For the year 2002 I have a rather unusual project planned that involves creating an installation in the display window of a well-known art supply store. My specialties are print and stone sculpture and I hope to create a landscape depicting a forest scene that, when looked at differently, turns into a woman’s head. My goal is to create an image that becomes a story in itself.
Heather Carroll
Ermsdorf, Luxembourg

I’m spending a week in Venice sketching and gathering references for an exhibition to be held in 2002 at a local museum. My goal is to exhibit up to 20 paintings consisting of watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic.
John Richards
Derbyshire, England

Andrew Peters paints oil landscapes throughout the United States and Europe, and recently taught a workshop in Venice, Italy. He keeps studios in Arizona and Wyoming and balances his work with hunting and fly-fishing.

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