So 2009 is almost upon us and I guess you’ve already started thinking abut the new artistic successes you’d like to achieve.
Whether you want to improve on a poor year or build on a great one, you need to review. As the saying goes – knowledge is power. Investing just half an hour of today on an artistic review of the last year can have a profound impact on your artistic achievements for 2009.
Now that has to be a worthwhile trade-off.
6 Step Artistic Review of 2008
Okay, so you could simply think about how the last year went for you and your art – and that will be a good start. But ask yourself these 6 specific questions to really gain some artistic clarity.
- What part of my artistic practice did I enjoy most?
- What did I find hard to do/maintain?
- What/who were the barriers to doing more with my art?
- Were those barriers real or did I play a part in making them?
- What vital ingredients were missing that would have boosted my artistic success?
- When was my most productive artistic period(s) of the year? What were the factors that made the difference?
There you go. Sit yourself down, either on your own or with a friend, and review your 2008. Then, when you turn your thoughts forward to 2009 you’ll have a foundation of knowledge and power to build your dreams for the New Year.
Now, as I haven’t actually conducted my own review just yet, guess what I’ll be doing with my next half hour. I’m not just saying that, by the way. I’ve already organised a joint review with myself, Lynda and my mum doing a round robin of our artistic years.
I wish a happy and successful New Year for you and your art.