6 New Year Resolutions for Artists

The end of a year and the start of the new year is the perfect time to look back on your achievements as a beginner artist.  Often we are so focussed on what we can’t get right that we forget how far we have come.  Why not take time to celebrate some of your successes over the year, however small.  It is also a time of looking forward to tackle new artist challenges in the year ahead.

If you have just started art or have been learning for a while there are always new skills, techniques and goals to achieve.  Here are a few of my suggestions for everyone:

Have A Mini Review

At the end of the year it is a good time to get out all your artwork and have a good look at what you have done over the years or months.  When you come back to artwork with fresh eyes you see it differently, you are in a much better position to critique your own work after some time has passed.  You will be able to see areas of improvement much more clearly and perhaps themes of things you keep doing like working too small or using too much brown paint etc.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Drawing or Painting

The idea for this post came from seeing similar patterns with my beginner learners.  All these things are so common and so simple to fix, so I thought a checklist might help:

Have I got the right sort of paper? 

If you are working with watercolour you will need some watercolour paper, for pastels you will need pastel paper etc. If you are unsure I give some advice on my Art Materials  page.

Have you got the right paper?

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