August Art Goals!


Gosh, it’s been a little while since I last posted about my art goals. The last time I updated you all on them was June.. last year! My art goals are back though and I’m pleased to say that I think they will be a more regular occurrence over here on the blog!

Regularly settings goals for yourself is a great practice when you’re trying to improve or explore a new route. Having something to look upon and reflect on how you’re progressing and how you feel about it is an amazing resource for yourself! Though the trick to getting your goals to work for you and not the other way around is learning how to hold yourself accountable, something I’m still learning myself! But as with most things, I think it will come with practice, so we’re back to setting ourselves some goals for the month!

One of the things I struggle with when setting goals is that I just want to do ALL the things so will end up making a list of 10, 15, maybe even 20 goals! Of course I become overwhelmed by such a massive list whenever I try to do something and inevitably abandon ship! This time I’m going to TRY to keep it simple by limiting myself to just three goals this month to see how I get on.

So after a long think, here are the goals I want to accomplish this month!

1. Start a regular sketchbook practice!

I swear this seems to be like a constant goal for me haha! Obviously keeping up with a regular sketchbook practice can have a tonne of rewards but it’s still something I tend to struggle with, I think it’s my inner perfectionist causing chaos there! I want to be able to sit down with my sketchbook at least every couple of days to just play around in it and hopefully discover or develop some new skills to use in my work! To have a dedicated space to practice and experiment will be incredibly helpful in moving forward and improving with my art so I’m setting this as a goal again!

2. Experiment more with abstract paintings!

If you look back through my posts to the beginning of the year you’ll see that I was doing a lot of abstract paintings in acrylic. Lately my buzz for abstracts has been reignited and I’ve been experimenting with a couple of mixed media abstract paintings! I really love how they have been coming along and have already discovered a few new little tricks that I love to use so I definitely want to continue with this!

3. Practice with some colour studies!

If I’m to be creating more abstract paintings again then a particular resource I would like to develop is a catalog of colour studies and experiments. My sketchbook will be a perfect home for this so I can flit through it to see what colour combinations catch my eye as inspiration for a new painting! It’s also just good practice in general for any artist to play around with colour, after all it’s a skill that can be transferred over most mediums and styles!

 

So those are all my art goals for myself! I will check back in at the end of the month to chat with you all about how it went and what I can do to improve for my next set of goals! In the mean time I would love to hear about your latest goals and how you’re planning to tackle them!

2 Comments

  1. August 3, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    My goal is to push on with brush lettering and try a new portrait in oils. I’m also trying to revive my blog, turn it into an art/lifestyle blog rather then just straight art so I’ll be doing a LOT of research into that this month. My top tip is take a look at Best Self Journals- they’ve been so helpful in setting goals and achieving them, that’s their specialism. And I think there’s even a free PDF download of the book and journal so you can try before you buy. I just threw my money at them though. Very very very good though.

  2. August 4, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I’m so glad you posted this because I’m in the process of trying to work out what I’d like to develop within my own work and it’s so helpful visiting other illustrators for motivation! I adore your style and can’t wait to see your new work 🙂 x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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