Practical Color Theory, Part 1
Red, a King Dethroned
The Whimsical work of Arthur Rackham, 1867-1939
Dawn of a New Year
Tackling New Media
Green ResolutionsHealthy Green Artists
by Janet Chui
Happy new year! Here's hoping your hangover is mild and the new year is boring and uneventful (in the nicest and most well-meaning way) but that (of course) it is a highly productive one for us artists. That said, here's the cliche line that also comes up around this time: What's your new year's resolution?
My history with resolutions has been that they have been remarkably open-ended. Never anything too specific, like losing 15 pounds, but closer to ones like "I'll procrastinate less" or "I'm going to try to finish everything I start." Success has been varied (but I suppose I don't really come down hard on myself about it). The latter resolution helped bring about a couple of years where none of my pencil sketches were allowed to remain just pencil sketches--I actually made sure they all became finished paintings by the close of that year. Alas, 2007 is not one of these years. (But then again, 2007's resolution was along the lines of "Do good, do better" which is as vague and open-ended as they come.)
There have been things I've been elated and proud to notice on artists' websites the past year, so much so that I'm really happy to write about it; I've been running into more artist biographies and/or artist mission statements that talk about the helping the environment, using green energy, protecting endangered species, advocating peace, and alleviating poverty. The range of artists whose work I follow has been changing a little, but I don't believe this is the only reason--I do believe more and more people, artists included--perhaps artists especially--are paying attention to these important causes, and becoming vocal and active about them, and to me, this is very welcome and heartening to watch. As bleak or optimistic as your outlook for the world might be, there is a lot all of us can do to leave a positive mark with our work, and that thought alone should be cause for trying!
What have some artists been doing that I've seen?
If, rightly, you dislike vague new year's resolutions, then consider some of the above things to do, or even try these really simple things:
But here's the biggest thing I would love to see from artists... and that's to continue learning about the causes and the ideals that you believe in, and how it affects your art and artmaking. It's an aspect of your creative ability that is as important as the results produced. But unlike images, there's no copyright infringement to worry about by sharing that! And you may find your artwork having a stronger impact for it.
Happy new year to you and your loved ones!
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