Thursday, January 3, 2019

Did you make a New Year's Resolution?


Did you make an art-related New Year’s resolution? If you don’t mind, please share it in the comments, and I’ll try to address the topic in future videos.
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27 comments:

arturoquimico said...

Carefully copy a master portrait in acrylic in an 8x8" 50 page notebook each week (use Bargue and Reilly methods for copying initial drawing). Maintain a gouache book and paint a "loose" 7x9" painting each week. Go to live model portrait class once a month. Paint an 11x14" something in oils or alkyds at least once a quarter. Though it's a hobby: Practice, practice, practice.

Yvie said...

Draw more with a purpose. For example study hands from the inside out. Paint something or part of something daily - value study for a larger piece etc. - in other words no excuses for not being in the studio daily moving those brushes. Do more marketing. I think I could go on but but time will tell about the above mentioned.

Pierre Fontaine said...

I work every day with digital tools as a product designer and my resolution is to start using more traditional tools for my own work and on a more consistent basis. I've been nearly 100% digital for close to 30 years, ever since I got my first Amiga Computer, eventually moving to Macs and PCs. I've never really enjoyed drawing with pencils (I'm left handed and they always smudge as I move my hand around) but admire those who have the discipline to draw, paint and create something everyday and hope to do the same this year.

The Painter of Parks said...

I don't like reworking old paintings. I like the excitement of the new, the premier coup. For the month of January, I am not going to paint anything new, but just rework old paintings. Get out the tiny brushes and put leaves on the trees.

Warren JB said...

I posted something like this on the corresponding Youtube Community post: to not only get a foot on the art career ladder, but avoid falling off, which seems too easy to do by all accounts. For that I'm going to have to knuckle down to some serious study.

Timothy Bollenbaugh said...

Here's one to address, not a New Years Resolution, but image resolution. Eyvind Earl's stylized flora for example. A form for foliage suggestive of the plant is blocked in and a bit of sharp-focus foliage is overlaid, defining the whole, and perceived as such pending further examination. Context cues.

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Karen Eade said...

Resolved to start and keep a sketchbook. This is the 3rd or 4th time, but - hey - this time I will succeed! I have decided to draw or paint scenes from inside or outside my house. Any medium except oil (I have bought a watercolour sketch book that opens flat, like yours). At least one per week. So this time next year - 52 little paintings! I will be so chuffed if I can do this. I have no experience of working from life (except the odd apple). Happy New Year to everyone.

Anita said...

To paint in watercolor every day, to take a photo every day and to practice calligraphy every day.

Bron Smith said...

Return to combining my love of exotic traveling with my floral painting. Years ago I created the "Painting in Paradise" web site which invited people to join me in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands for the floral painting workshop of a lifetime. I did one Painting in Paradise and it was a great success. Then my wife got cancer. She lived for four years and five months. Now she's passed away and I plan to resurrect Painting in Paradise and return to Rarotonga. I would like to do one to three workshops per year. I welcome your thoughts and ideas. www.PaintingInParadise.net

Ken Davy said...

Larger more significant work in a series.

bosveldr said...

I want to paint more regularly. In order to do this, I hope to take an online course.

Marieanne Coursen said...

Go beyond the sketchbook and make some actual paintings. Try oil and gouache. Plein air this summer.

Stephen and Nyree said...

I started painting and drawing as my resolution last year. It was a good start and I learned a lot. But honestly, I avoided painting people. If I included a person, they were silhouettes, or from the back. This year in addition to painting every day, I intend to draw more people. I figure a person had to paint a lot of bad portraits before they can paint good ones...right? So far I have three bad portraits down but each one has been a little better than the last.

Christian Schlierkamp said...

To write and finish my first fully illustrated novel and to bring on further book projects.

Paddy Schmidt said...

The only thing that keeps me from drawing and painting more are a whole a lot of distractions from the media side. Sadly, I will lose. But at least, I am aware...

Unknown said...

To do a painting every week. I draw every day even if it's just a quick sketch but want to do more intensive work.

phil moss said...

trying to draw every day (on top of my job, which is drawing/painting all day, albeit mainly digitally) but moreover to let go of the idea that every sketchbook drawing I do has to be 'good for my training', and to make sure that I also focus on drawing things which I love to draw and which excite me and others, rather than just being a means to get better at my job/craft

Unknown said...

I tend to want to "keep up with the Joneses" and post and create a lot of content. I don't think that has been very good for the quality of my art. I am going to make a conscious effort to slow down a bit and focus on improving the quality, not the quantity, of work I produce.

Brian Blankenship said...

I'm gonna be a dinosaur!!! Continue being awesome Mr. Gurney and have a blessed new year!!!!

Sketching Artist said...

I normally don't make new year's resolutions. Rather, I just try all year to be a better person; well-grounded and balanced. This year, though, I did make a personal commitment to myself to seek out art mentors - styles and techniques that I admire and aspire to. I booked a 2-day Plein Air workshop in February with a local artist. I am sooooo looking forward to this.
By the way, Brian Blankenship, I too want to be a dinosaur.

smurf786able said...

To paint more often, even 15 min a day. I don't care if it's a youtube tutorial or just playing around doing something silly, as long as I'm doing something. I really got off track last year and wound up becoming a project hoarder and not a doer. I saw tons of things I wanted to do, and let myself get distracted by the next one and the next one, but never did much. I have a few half started projects that I want to finish this year.

Max McMillan said...

To try to improve my drawing style, your youtube videos are very inspiring thank you

The Mind of Sue said...

Sell a bunch of paintings! I painted 122 this year, and have still more from the years before that. I need to clear out stock so I have room for more!

Yesterday, I spent the day searching for cafes and restaurants in the area that display and sell local art - I've already gotten a response back from one.

Annie C Curtis said...

My intention is to do more painting, and lessen the distraction from my computer. Also, to work up some of my sketchbook ideas into actual pieces.

Unknown said...

I want to draw something presentable every day. It does not need to be a finished up masterpiece, but something that would not get me laughed out of social media. I also made a sort of a game plan to improve, with specific book and the courses I intend to finish this year.

Artist MikeJay said...

I want to fill my 3 5x8 pentalic sketchbooks with plein air studies and in studio studies of subjects I have ideas to paint but would rather experiment with the idea before full on commitment.

I also recently reserved a spot at the Rockford quad con where it will be my first time setting up shop.

I have a long history of digital 2d and 3d painting, but I discovered oils early last year and my love no longer resides in traditional. So I want to dive Right in with oil sketches and gouache sketches to finally fill those books. You sketch easel will assist greatly in my goals