By now we’ve all had a chance to consider (and perhaps even forget!) our new year resolutions. I don’t put too much stock into these because they’re easily let go of and tend to be overambitious. That said, it’s important to evaluate where we are and where we’re going, because no matter what time of year it is, we need to set achievable goals and break them down into small steps.
Some of the team members here at ArtistsNetwork.com have declared 2014 art goals, and so I’d like to share two with you in case you need a few ideas to spur your own intentions. You’ll see that your goal doesn’t have to be humongous, but no matter how big or small it is, put it in writing. I’ve found that taking this one step further really makes you accountable–tell someone you know about it. You can even share it in our comments section below.
Jamie Markle, publisher of ArtistsNetwork.com and North Light Books, has this to say: “Running our publishing business is a lot of fun, but also takes a lot of time! If space isn’t reserved in my calendar, it doesn’t get done. For 2014, my goal is to get back into the studio and paint more, exploring some of the new techniques that can be achieved with acrylics. I’m going to reserve 2-3 hours a week for creative time, where I can paint, play and just explore what I can do with color, texture and layering. I’m not sure what type of art will come out of this, but just re-engaging with the materials is sure to spark some new ideas and artwork.”
Personally, my art goal this year is to create a Zentangle drawing that I can be proud of. I’ve been experimenting with this style for a while now, and it’s time to set an actual goal so that I’ll make time to study it further and create a design worthy of framing (even if it’s just on the wall of my basement–I’m not shooting for art galleries, yet). Having a goal that’s in writing is the catalyst that will help make this a reality, especially now that I’ve shared it with you.
I hope these two examples have sparked an idea for your own 2014 art goal. I’ll be relying on Zentangle resources from North Light Shop for guidance on my project. What goal are you going to set? What will you do to achieve it?
Wishing you an art-filled year,