ARTAHOLICS ANONYMOUS: My New Year’s resolution is to experiment with art

Art is an ever-changing field. Artists must always be changing and improving their style, technique and general attitude towards their own work.

I find this particularly difficult and often wonder how I can improve my work without doing hours of studies and sketches for which I do not have time. In an attempt to ease my efforts, I will set myself three artistic resolutions which, in the tradition of New Year’s, will most likely be abandoned by the end of January. Nevertheless, they’re worth a try.

1. Don’t be afraid to try new media. Often in my artistic endeavors, I find myself apprehensive about trying new things. Usually, I have an idea in my head that simply cannot be produced with pencil or charcoal, the media with which I am most comfortable. It becomes necessary for me to attempt something new, and I am frequently reluctant to do so.

Using a different medium is a long process. I have to redo studies of shapes and lines and colors. I cover pages with little patches of content in order to get used to the feel and use of the material, and it is really kind of a drag.

This year, I would like not to sacrifice the look of a piece in order to stay in my comfort zone. Instead, I will reach out of it and try a new medium that will most likely produce a piece I am even more proud of.

2. Stick to your crazy ideas. Sometimes producing art seems like a constant balance between fitting in and creating something entirely unique. Artists who step out of too many boxes and do work that is too eccentric can be ridiculed or ignored.

My goal for this year is to ignore the ridicule and stick to my original idea. That doesn’t mean the piece can’t develop over time; rather, it should not be simplified or dumbed down for the sake of the viewer or critic. After all, the idea is half the piece and it should not be sacrificed.

3. Make art a part of your everyday life. This is the most difficult goal to stick to, but in an ideal world, I would do some form of art every day. Whether that be a sketch or a doodle or a simple observation, it is important to prioritize art.

Art is always there for me as an activity or more valuable way to spend my time, so it is only fair that I return the favor.

These are merely my personal goals for 2015 that I will try to uphold, but I think resolutions are important for everyone. Whether or not you manage to maintain them all year, they force you to think about yourself and your desires, and ease the transition into a better lifestyle.

I invite all artists reading this to also set themselves some goals because while art is often hard to force, it should be encouraged.

Here’s to 2015 and all the art projects and mysteries that it holds.

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