New Year’s Resolutions for Artists
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New Year’s Resolutions for Artists

The new year is here and it’s the perfect time to take a look back to the previous year, to pat yourself on the back for what went well in your career as an artist, what you have achieved during 2019 and for making new goals.

These are the type of resolutions you can turn to every year and value your work and efforts. It is a new year, a new decade with corresponding challenges and opportunities. This is the perfect time of the year to prioritize and get things in order and determine what you want to accomplish as an artist and what statement you want your artwork to make.

10 Resolutions for the New Year 2020

  1. Set one long term goal – These are goals that you may want to accomplish by the end of the year. Some may be even longer such as a 3-year or a 5-year goal. For example, my 3-5 year goal it to have my own gallery and have my own stand-alone exhibition. These long-term goals will keep you on track throughout the year. Make a decision when do you want to achieve these goals, then break them down into smaller, more manageable steps.
  2. Set short term goals – Take your long-term goals and break them down into short them goals. These are the goals that you set for yourself to accomplish within a shorter time frame, such as a month, in one or two weeks time. For example, I’m planning my own artist website to be launched by the end of January 2020. For this I need good quality photographs of my artwork. I will set the goal of photographing all my artworks within one week and upload on my website.
  3. Keep a monthly calendar – This is where you will set deadlines for yourself to help you achieve your goals as well as keep track of exhibit deadlines, when to buy new art materials, when to start and finish a new painting. This is your main weapon, to schedule your time to do your artwork!
  4. Schedule time to paint – Schedule undistracted time for your artwork on a regular basis either this is on a daily basis or once-twice a week if you can. You must value who you are and what you do as an artist and make time for it!!
  5. Keep track of your work – This is the part where you value your work. Keep a spreadsheet of your work, including titles, dimensions, dates, and for who or what it is. Who owns it? How much did you sell it for?
  6. Use sketchbooks regularly – These are the seeds for your next great painting. Sketchbooks are vital for keeping your creativity flowing, developing new ideas, 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 is the best way to get your artwork seen by viewers. The more people who see your artwork, the greater the opportunity for selling it. Try Facebook, Instagram for example, whatever you are most comfortable with and see how it goes. For more information or any help on selling artwork through Social Media you can contact me and I will glad to help out.
  8. Support other artists – You can start by following and ‘Liking’ other artists posts on social media. There are so many artists and art organizations doing great things in the world and we need to support one another.
  9. Grow as an artist – With the new year you can learn new skills and try new materials. Take a class, write a blog. Painting is a solitary business, balance it by getting out into the world and meeting with other people.
  10. See more art and other cultural performances – Go to art openings, exhibits, museums. This is a great opportunity to support other artists, the more ideas you will get for your own artwork.