Have you made your artist resolutions yet for 2017? Even if you do not make formal artist resolutions, Lee Hammond's post on New Year’s Resolutions for Artists (on Artists Network) offers you some inspiring ideas for future art projects. Here are a few of Hammond's great suggestions:
"Commit to learning a new medium. There are endless drawing and painting techniques and always new products to play with. Is there something you think that is interesting, but have never tried? Now is the time. Dive in! I’m going to try modeling paste to add some 3-dimensional qualities to my paintings."
"Are you using inadequate art supplies? Yes, we all have to start somewhere, and often that means purchasing the bargain brands. While they’re good to start with to get your artistic feet wet, you may not be seeing your full potential. Invest in yourself!....You’ll be amazed at how much better your work can look with the right products and tools. I was amazed when I tried high-grade paper products such as 500-series Bristol. Yes, it is expensive, but it makes my work much more professional and sellable." What a great idea. Quality art supplies do result in better art work.
"Use your art to document your life and desires. Each week, create a simple drawing that represents the great things you experienced in the last seven days. Make it like a collage of feel good doodles, phrases and drawings of the things you’ve appreciated throughout the week. In a new book I’m writing titled REACH!, I recommend this type of art journaling as a way to keep your mood elevated, and your desires coming your way. You can literally draw what you want into your life."
Read Hammond's complete post for more interesting suggestions.
"Cover your table completely with large easel paper. Draw on it large, free style, stream of consciousness, using a Sharpie (make sure Sharpie doesn't seep through) for 10 minutes or until the whole table is covered. Tape it all together and tack it on your wall."
"Buy a set of color pencils. Draw parallel lines freehand or with a ruler. Color them in a la Paul Smith." Be sure to check out Smith's Pinterest board."
"Write something you want to solve in your notebook before you go to sleep. Sleep on your problem and let your subconscious do the work. When you wake up, ideate in your notebook."
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