One of the best pieces of advice I read about creating artwork, is to look at the work of others but as soon as you start feeling yourself getting jealous or comparing yourself to them, stop looking. It really is one of the best things to remember.
Today, in the headlights of a new year this rabbit forgot all the good advice. I hadn't really defined my resolutions for my creative work, which didn't help. I just had that vague intention to be 'better'. I drew some things, I hated everything I drew. I looked at the work of artists I love and I wished I could be like them. I tried to be more like them. Then I spent two hours sitting next to the radiator in my studio, already feeling shit, scrolling through IG and Pinterest before realising that all this was doing was making me feel shitter. Well done, Beth. Slow clap for you.
So I'm starting my new year tomorrow, if that's quite alright with everyone. And this time I have some defined intentions.
- I have an exhibition in April with some other artists. I want to return to the process I adopted in the Intensives Summer School and apply that again. This means going out and drawing and working back in the studio, This is good, this is something to aim for, not too far away either.-
- I need to keep my stockists more stocked, have a Christmas day once a month (yes, really) and want to have a few things in my Etsy shop at any one time. Basically, I need to make a volume of stuff so I am not always playing catchup to orders.
- and, more generally, I need to be patient, and remember that being good at something takes time and practice and commitment. So if I am to develop my drawing and painting and get it back to the level it used to be at (and, hopefully better), this is the mantra because I am not patient. To be honest, even learning to let the paint dry before I charge in with the next mark would be a significant improvement on the current state of things. So this resolution can literally be summarised as Let Paint Dry, Sometimes.