The New Year is only a few weeks old, and many people’s New Year’s resolutions have not even begun being undertaken. This is understandable since goals and plans for a fresh year are much easier to set than to attain. Others have yet to make any New Year’s resolutions. There is no rule saying one must declare hopes and dreams for the coming year, but this can be a beneficial practice, especially for artists.
3 New Year’s Resolutions Every Artist Should Make
There is something about verbalizing resolutions that makes them seem more real and also helps you become accountable to yourself for them. Are you an artist? Have you not yet set any New Year’s resolutions? If so, here are three resolutions for the New Year that every artist should make:
1. Take baby steps toward your artistic goals – Being perfectionistic is a struggle that is common to almost all artists. The majority of artists have trouble getting past the idea that their art has to be perfect before it can be made visible to the public. To the average artist, perfectionism may appear to be a friend, but it is actually an enemy of progress. Artists can fight perfectionism by taking baby steps toward their artistic goals. For example, you may like to spend an hour a day painting, but if time does not permit that, dedicate an hour a week to this art form. These types of baby steps will get you far from perfectionism and close to your goals.
2. Launch your art – Have you always dreamed of being a professional artist? This year, why not give yourself that gift? There are several ways to do this. The first is to believe that your art has value. Other ways, according to Lee Hammond, are to “create a good website (I recommend hiring a professional to help you), have some flyers and business cards made, and start to market yourself. Take a cue from others already in the business to see how it should be done, and what you want to charge according to the existing market. This is your year to elevate your art business!” Visual artists may want to schedule an art exhibition to serve as their launch. Musicians could record an EP and have an album release party. How might YOU introduce yourself to society as an artist worth supporting?
3. Buy new art supplies – Are your art supplies a little shabby? Or, are you totally lacking in the supplies department? In either case, a great resolution would be to attain some new art supplies each month this year. If you were to purchase one item per month (a paintbrush, new paint, a canvas, a computer program for artists, a musical instrument, etc.), imagine how many supplies you’d have at the year’s end. Let your budget decide what art supplies you will purchase. However, don’t let a lack of money keep you from stocking up on what you need. Even buying something small, like a few colored pencils, will get your creative juices flowing and help you reach your artistic goals.
Whether you are a novice or advanced artist, you owe it to yourself to set some goals and make some resolutions for this New Year. Don’t be afraid of setting goals that seem too big. As Norman Vincent Peale said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Artists, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Please share with us in the section below.
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