Its that time of year when everyone comes up with a New Years resolution. I’m not really a fan of resolutions because if there is something you want to stick to or change you should just do it when you want to, not on Jan 1. Okay, can someone help me down off my soapbox now. To be honest, I understand why people do it on Jan 1. A new year, a new day, a new beginning. It’s the perfect time to try and hit the restart button and try again. You have the entire year ahead of yourself so its like having a clean slate. So with that state of mind I’m going to try and work on a few things. I’m not calling them resolutions, even though they probably are. I’ll call them goals, I dare to be different.
A lot of my goals for 2016 are with my artwork. I’ve always wanted to create more surreal and illustrative paintings that involved people. I really liked my figure drawing and painting classes in college. When I first started selling my work I took a very business approach to it. I figured out what was popular and stuck with those themes. It was a good decision in the fact that it helped me build a career, but at the same time I missed painting people and other things. I’m at the point in my career that I’m confident enough to put some of those things out there. So that is my first goal, to create more paintings with people in them.
I’ve also stuck with the same materials for years. That’s something that bothers me a little bit. I want to try different surfaces, different mediums and different paints. It’s not like I’ve never mixed it up a little, but it has been minimal over the years. Its kind of the same situation as not painting figures. I just stuck with what worked and what I knew. I feel like I’ve been too contained. Using some new materials and tackling some new subjects will help me get rid of that feeling. Plus I’ll have the benefit of becoming better at art, because the more you practice and expand the better you become.
Those are my two big goals for my artwork. On a personal level I’m just going to try and get healthier. Some of the benefits of working from home are being able to create your own schedule, not having a boss, working in sweatpants if I want to etc etc.. One of the big drawbacks of working from home is… never getting away from work. It’s always there. There’s always that feeling of needing to do something work related, and for some reason that feeling seems to take over the desire to exercise. I’ve always played a lot of sports throughout my life, and have always been a really active person. The last 5 years I’ve dropped off with the activity level. So just like the millions of others who set this goal, I’m going to try and be more active. I just keep reading about how sitting is more deadly than cigarettes. That freaks me out just enough to get my butt off the chair when I paint, and to try and run around a lot more.
I find that reaching these goals, or any goal for that matter, is easier if you write down your daily progress. I took a regular notebook and am keeping a diary type of chart. I just wrote down the following categories, painting, drawing, guitar, exercise, food, and a few others that are a bit more personal and the date. Each day I try to make sure I paint, draw, play guitar for an hour, exercise for an hour, eat well and do the other things I want to work on. Then at the end of the day I put an X next to each one I completed for the day (the goal being to do all of them every day). Then I can look back and see how I’m doing. I’m hoping this just helps me develop a good habit routine. Hopefully old dogs can learn new tricks.
So what do you have in mind for 2016? Any crazy goals or resolutions? Let me hear what you got going for this year in the comments below. Happy New Year! Let’s make it an artistic one :).