New Years 2022: Exploring New Art Ideas

Happy New Years! It's 2022 and I'm officially starting my blogging journey this year. I last tried blogging in 2019 and it was meant to be informative about making surreal photography. But a lot of things have changed. I graduated from college, took up mixed media art, started my first day job out of college, started practicing blacklight photography, etcetera, etcetera. Last year was honestly the most fortunate year of my life thus far, but this year is about further dedication, growth and creativity. I will revisit my successes (and failures) of my art career in 2021in future blogs. For this post, it's going to be all about New Years Resolutions for my art career and my business. And if you're an artist yourself, I would recommend making a New Years resolution for your career and STICK TO IT!


Art Career

"Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration."
- Thomas Edison

Even though a good portion of artists say that inspiration must come to them before they can actually create art, I believe the opposite. I believe that an artist needs to work to become inspired. That means doing whatever action that brings about inspiration. This could be going to the local art center, look up new art techniques online, finding a new artist to be inspired by and the list goes on and on. I say this to come to my first New Years Resolution for myself.

Draw/Paint/Photograph 365 Projects in 2022

Phebez! That's crazy! Why so many?! Because as I've learned from 2021, you don't want to be caught lacking material when applying for shows, contests, exhibitions, etc. Plus, the more you practice, the better you will be as an artist. I feel that if I draw more ideas, I'll always have an idea to work on.

My current problem is that I don't have enough ideas to work on during my studio time. Four days out of the week, I am working my day job as a software engineer. On Fridays and Saturdays, I work part time in my art studio. As you can imagine, it's difficult to find time to draw rough drafts for major projects when you only dedicate two days out of the week to work on your art. And this is UNACCEPTABLE now that I have major goals for growth in 2022. The goals are as follows:

  • Finish Solo Exhibition by end of July 2022

  • Be in a show in the Southeast outside of Alabama

  • Present work at the Wiregrass Museum of Art

  • Be in a show in the West

  • Be in a show in New York

  • Be in a show in Chicago