Contributed by Fiona Davis
1. Visit galleries, museums and openings every month.
There are a huge number of opportunities to see “live” art in the Upper Valley. Get out and attend openings, visit museums and historical societies and be dazzled, surprised and inspired! Take a friend and a picnic!
2. Never leave home without your sketchbook.
Really. Have a small sketchbook with you ALWAYS. Any time you have is time to be doodling, trying out ideas, sketching, making patterns. Take it with you when you visit galleries and museums. Keeping sketchbooks that you can refer back to over the years is an invaluable tool and can stimulate your current work.
3. Daily Practice.
This is essential. As Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working”. Whatever your medium, you need to draw, photo, make everyday. This helps instill discipline, improve your skill, and will lead to breakthroughs in your work.
Keeping an online record of your work helps with accountability. Sites like Flickr, Instagram, Facebook or other social media are useful tools. Joining a daily artist working group can keep you inspired, supported and focused.
Working through a book like the Artists Way with a group, keeping a blog or drawing an art journal can help to maintain a daily practice.
5. Explore a new creative outlet.
Tackling a new creative process can bring new ideas and enthusiasm.
Take a class in a medium that you have never tried before or have been afraid to try! This can often open you up to new objectives or send you back to your medium refreshed and motivated. Try to do this a couple of times a year to kick start your work.
Get some ideas from our 2016 Winter/Spring schedule.
Wishing you all a creative, imaginative and innovative New Year, full of trials and errors, explorations and investigations and productive, rewarding art!
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