7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Artist in You
(and resources to help you along the way.)
This year, make your New Year’s resolutions count. All attempts to improve oneself should be supported whether those attempts be through exercise, diet, artistic expression, or anything meant to improve your wholesomeness in life.
At unWined, we have found enjoyment and happiness in artistic expression through painting. We pride ourselves on providing inspiration to everybody from the novice to the seasoned artist through both social interaction and instructional painting (oh yeah… and we also like to add in a glass on wine 😀).
For 2016 we have developed a number of New Year’s resolutions to help inspire the artist in you. Take them as tips, take them as inspiration to make your own resolutions, or try to tackle the whole list… Either way, you’ll be surprised at how just a little work can take a small interest and turn it into a full blown hobby or lifestyle.
1. Find your artistic niche.
Niche [nich, noun]: a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing; a distinct segment of a market; the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
Take a little time to explore your own needs as an artist and see if you can find a style, subject material, place of display, or medium in which is unique to yourself. This can help you find your own “special place” in which you can create works of art that are totally uncommon, matchless, and unprecedented.
Here are some inspiring resources to help you get started:
“Girl Savage creates felted animals with a signature style and look that you recognize instantly.” Jena Coray discusses good examples of artists who have found their niche.
2. Hone your concentration.
Explore different resources and techniques that allow for increased concentration. Everyone knows that it takes a great amount of concentration to focus on an art project but it’s usually easier said that done. With a little bit of work, you’ll find that focusing on an artistic endeavor for increased amounts of time becomes easier the more you “train your brain”. You’ll continually see growth and improvement, motivating you to keep on working!
Check out these cool resources for further information on concentration and cognition training:
- How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition by The Dana Foundation
- Concentration Exercises for Training the Mind by SuccessConsciousness.com
- Attention Training May Help Older Adults Improve Concentration by ScienceDaily
- Brain Training by The Rowing Team
3. Take time to focus on personal projects and hobbies.
Even if its just for a few minutes here or there taking time to relax and indulge in personal projects and hobbies is very important to freeing your creative spirit and making one feel productive, wholesome, and successful. Feeling relaxed and in control of your life and personal needs allows for a more focused work-day and increased enjoyment of personal time. Plus, let’s be honest, no one wants to just sit around and watch TV in those few hours of free time that you get every week. Create something incredible!
Here are some resources that might help to discover that inner drive to create:
I do what I did as a hobby as a kid, you know, and make a living at it. And I just feel like I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world ‘cuz I get paid to make toys and play with them.
– Richard A. “Rick” Baker (an American special make-up effects creator known for his creature effects).
4. Find inspiration.
Talk about being easier said that done! Any artist can tell you that finding inspiration can be quite the challenge. For you, whether there is too much to take in, not enough to dissect, or a lack of available resources, many speeds bumps on the road to inspiration will present themselves.
Most basically put, at unWined we have found that the easiest way to be inspired is to experience. Get out and look around, dive in and get your hands dirty, and see what inspires you. It could be nature, it could be the city, it could be thoughts and stories, or political influence and a desire to convey change. The possibilities are limitless.
Try some of these exercises to help inspire yourself:
- Come on in and try one our our painting classes here at unWined! You don’t need any prior experience or materials. Just drop on in or check out our calendar, find a painting that suits your taste, and come on in for a set by step instruction of the painting along side a glass of wine or a drink!
- Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration by The Guardian
- Inspiration in Visual Art: Where Do Artists Get Their Ideas? by Lucy Lamp by SOPHIA Learning
5. Reach out to friends, family, and your community for support.
Gaining the support from those closest to you can be of benefit in many different ways. While it takes extra effort to reach out to those around you and to make it a point to involve them in your lives, you’ll find that genuine and continued support is priceless. The goal here is to let your friends, family, and community know that you are here to stay and grateful for their support. Focusing on how to improve your support structures is one of the first beneficial steps to feeling supported and successful.
Check out these resources (many of them discuss how to deal with unsupportive circles but they also offer many tips and tricks to gain support from those who really matter):
- How to Deal with Unsupportive Friends and Family by Personal Excellence
- Cultivating Your Social Support Network by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
- How To Gain The Support of Your Friends and Family by Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
- Learn How to Gain Support for Any Situation: Ziglar Vault
6. See real art.
There are numerous upon numerous art galleries and museums throughout the Untied States. Visiting these establishments or any establishment that hosts art (of any medium) will have positive benefits on both aspiring and established artists. From the ability to see technique in mediums to the opportunity to analyze influential pieces, seeing art is a great and timeless event.
Use this opportunity to find your personal inspiration, explore your city, and see what unique and uncommon works people are creating. You may just find that you’d like to enter into a style someone else exhibits beautifully or you may find a need in the art-world for a certain type of art that you’re very skilled at.
Here are some resources for helping one to analyze art:
- How Art Can Help You Analyze by Amy E. Herman
- The Mental Health Benefits of Art Are for Everyone by Be Brain Fit
- Learning to Look at Art by UNC School of Education
And some resources that are useful in finding artistic venues near you:
- Art Spaces Directory: New Museum Of Contemporary Art
- Art Museums Worldwide: Artcyclopedia
- Art Galleries: FineArtAmerica.com
7. Find a workspace
Finding a workspace that is conducive to creativity is not an easy task. Whether you need something big, something small, something isolated, or something dynamic, looking for that perfect space takes time and effort. The are numerous benefits to finding a separate workspace outside of home, including:
- No mess. You can clean up after yourself as you please but you also have the ability to just walk away as you need without stressing out about tracking paint all over the house.
- Enhancing your network. Allow yourself easy exposure by talking to those close to your studio space and see what they are all about. You might find very beneficial connections lie just a conversation away.
- The opportunity to get away. Be able to step away from your other lives for a while and enter into an area of your own.
- Limit outside influences and distractions (if that’s what you’re looking for).
Here are some resources to help you choose a space:
Here are some other ideas for New Year’s resolutions to help keep the artist in your inspired!
- Write a book or print a book of your art.
- Give your art away to those you care about.
- Set some long term goals for yourself.
- Go on a vacation or adventure.
- Get out and spend some time in nature.
- Read biographies of artists you admire.
- Try a new artistic endeavor each week.
- Push yourself do do something new (anything!) each week.
We wish you the best of luck in your search for self inspiration and in the resolutions meant to improve!
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