For so many reasons it is important to take care of your creative life. Here are a few suggestions for new year resolutions to make 2014 happy, bright, and creative.
1. Take Mystery Trips
Inject a little mystery and excitement into weekend outings. Be excited, curious, willing to go with the flow. Pack the camera, your sketchbooks, and take off to places known or new. Your trips will no doubt get more creative as the year progresses.
Get out and about – go for a walk and enjoy people watching. Look closely at people & their interactions, animals, nature, everything! The way the water glistens, the deepening shades of blue in the sky. Take what you observe in different worlds to nourish your creativity.
3. Look at Art
Visiting local art galleries can be so inspiring – regular trips are an easy way to fuel your desire to create.
Try keeping a diary or journal and writing or sketching every single day. Record what happened to you that day, or something interesting you saw, or a good turn of phrase you’d like to save. Writing takes discipline, so start training up with a regular writing habit. Sketchbooks come in all shapes and sizes. Buy one for your handbag or back pocket – and have another larger one to fill when the mood hits. A sketch a day could be your resolution.
5. Start a Blog
Did you know that blogging can boost your creativity? It promotes reflection, helps organize your thoughts, and provides daily motivation to create.
Many people don't discover they are artists until later in life. Why limit yourself now by not trying new things? Cezanne didn’t realize he was a talented painter until his late thirties. Your new year resolution may be to finally try painting/drawing/mixed media/pastels/glass blowing/sculpture/journalling or even life drawing! Mix it up. If you like to draw, try painting a few pictures, with no pressure on yourself - it doesn't have to be amazing, just try it out. Where to start?
Time poor but want to create more? What better way to commit to a creative year than by deciding to produce one piece of art or craft, PER DAY!
Yes, that’s 365 works. Document your creative journey and share your trials and tribulations with others. This could be the answer making creativity a daily part of your life, no excuses. You will end the year with an incredible body of work you never thought possible.
Any topic is up for grabs, and any medium - that's why this project is so much fun.
What have you always wanted to try? 2014 is your year to do it!
How will you make 2014 your most creative year to date?
Priya is an artist living in the creative, coastal city of Newcastle, Australia. She is also a budding photographer, teacher (B.Ed), business owner and mother of a delightful 11 year old. Passionate about committing wholeheartedly to a creative life, she opened her art studio to the public in 2013. Her goal is to inspire and guide others who are seeking to infuse creativity into their lives. Offering a growing range of art workshops for people of all ages, Priya draws upon 17 years of experience teaching adults and children in New South Wales, Victoria and Japan. She finds it a rewarding process to improve her students' skills and confidence by tailoring instruction to their individual needs. http://www.acre8velife.com/