10 Best New Year’s Resolutions for 2024 as an Artist

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As we usher in a new year, artists from all walks of life are gearing up for a twelve-month journey of self-improvement and creative exploration. Regardless of your artistic pursuit, the start of the year provides a unique opportunity to reflect on your artistic endeavors and set forth resolutions that can shape a more dynamic and fulfilling artistic journey in 2024. In this article, we’ll delve into ten impactful New Year’s resolutions tailored specifically for artists, complemented by illustrative examples to inspire your creative evolution and propel you toward success in the upcoming year. (You can also read my previous article about “New Year’s Resolutions” here.)

1. Increase Your Level of Communication with Clients

Effective communication forms the backbone of a successful artist-client relationship. Dedicate yourself to honing your communication skills by proactively engaging with clients. This can include scheduling regular check-ins, providing timely progress updates, and seeking feedback on your creative process. By fostering clear and open communication, you build trust and enhance the collaborative experience.

Example: Consider setting up monthly virtual meetings with clients to discuss ongoing projects, share insights, and gather valuable input to ensure your artistic vision aligns seamlessly with their expectations.

2. Exercise More Often Outside

Artistic inspiration often lurks in the world beyond your studio walls. Break free from the confines of your creative space and embrace the great outdoors. Incorporate outdoor exercise into your routine – take a scenic walk, go for a run in the park, or engage in plein air painting. The fresh air and change of scenery can invigorate your mind, offering new perspectives and sparking fresh creative ideas.

Example: Dedicate a few hours each week to sketching or painting in an outdoor setting, capturing the natural beauty that surrounds you and infusing your work with the energy of the environment.

3. Travel More and Meet New Potential Clients

Expand your artistic horizons by venturing into new territories. Attend art events, workshops, and exhibitions in different locations to connect with fellow artists and potential clients. Consider participating in international art fairs or residencies to immerse yourself in diverse cultures, broadening your artistic palette and opening doors to exciting opportunities. If you are having difficulties regarding what to say to these new people you will meet, I recommend that you get a copy of my book called “Living From Your Art” in which I talk more in details about what to say.

Example: Plan a trip to a city known for its vibrant arts scene, attending local events and engaging with the creative community to forge new connections and discover fresh perspectives.

4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone Every Day

Artistic growth often lies beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself daily by exploring uncharted territory within your craft. Experiment with different mediums, styles, or subjects that may lie outside your usual repertoire. This daily dose of exploration can lead to breakthroughs, helping you discover untapped potential and enriching your artistic expression.

Example: If you’re a digital artist, try incorporating traditional techniques into your work for a set period each day, embracing the fusion of digital and analog approaches to expand your creative toolkit.

5. Put Down on Paper the Things You Are Anxious About

Artists frequently grapple with anxiety and self-doubt. Confront these challenges by putting your concerns down on paper. Maintain a journal where you document specific artistic anxieties or obstacles you encounter. This tangible reflection can serve as a therapeutic exercise, allowing you to process emotions, identify patterns, and gain clarity on the sources of your anxiety.

Example: Create a dedicated “concerns journal” where you jot down your worries and concerns related to your artistic journey, providing a constructive outlet for self-reflection and growth. That way these concerns get out of your head and right onto the paper. This is a great way of reading them and then finding solutions to each one of them more easily.

6. Be More Grateful to People Around You

Expressing gratitude can have a profound impact on your personal and professional relationships. Take time to appreciate the people who support you, whether they are friends, family, mentors, or collaborators. Consider expressing your gratitude through small gestures, notes, or acts of kindness to create a positive and supportive environment.

Example: Send personalized thank-you notes to individuals who have played a significant role in your artistic journey, expressing gratitude for their support, guidance, or inspiration.

7. Send More Handwritten Letters to Clients

In an age dominated by digital communication, handwritten letters stand out as thoughtful and personal touches. Resolve to send handwritten notes to clients, expressing your appreciation for their support. Consider including a small sketch or personalized artistic element to make each note uniquely memorable.

Example: Send a handwritten letter to a client upon completion of a project, expressing gratitude for their collaboration and sharing a glimpse into the creative process behind their unique piece of art.

8. Stop Social Media for 2 Months

While social media is a valuable tool for artists, it can also be overwhelming and distracting. Consider taking a two-month break from social media to focus on your craft without external influences. Redirect the time and energy usually spent on social media towards immersive artistic experiences, introspection, and deep work.

Example: Utilize the time away from social media to engage in an intensive art project, allowing yourself the space and focus to create without the distractions of online platforms. If you feel like you are “addicted” to social media, I recommend that you get my book called “Living From Your Art” in which I talk more in details about the healthy way of using social media as an artist.

9. Go to Bed Early and Wake Up Early

Establishing a consistent sleep routine significantly impacts your productivity and creativity. Commit to going to bed early and waking up refreshed to maximize your creative potential. Early mornings provide a quiet, undisturbed time for creative work, offering a peaceful setting to engage in focused and inspired artistic endeavors.

Example: Create a nightly routine that promotes relaxation and ensures a good night’s sleep, setting the stage for early morning creative sessions that align with your artistic goals.

10. Invest in Yourself as an Artist

Allocate time and resources to invest in your artistic development. Attend workshops, enroll in classes, hire an art business coach and acquire new skills that align with your artistic goals. Consider investing in advanced tools or software that can enhance your capabilities and bring a fresh perspective to your creative practice.

Example: Enroll in an online course that explores a new artistic technique or medium, dedicating focused time each week to apply and integrate the newly acquired skills into your artistic repertoire. Or simply hire a coach to have a weekly meeting so that this person could help you focus on the right things to do to grow your art business!

Conclusion

As you embark on the artistic odyssey of a new year, these resolutions and accompanying examples are crafted to empower you, fostering personal and professional development. Wondering how to make your new year’s resolutions stick? Read this article here. By embracing clear communication, outdoor inspiration, travel, and self-reflection, you can unlock your creative potential and make 2024 a transformative year for your artistic journey. Here’s to a year filled with artistic breakthroughs and boundless creativity!

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-Élie Castonguay
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