I love this time of year and the accompanying feeling of new beginnings and fresh starts. One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to perform an annual art check-up where I re-examine my painting goals and set new ones for the upcoming year. I begin by taking a look at my current body of work and determining what’s working and what needs improvement. Then I sit down with my art journal and write down my findings. I also list ideas for improvement, ideas I want to try from books and magazines I’ve read, ideas gleaned from artists I admire and from looking at paintings that I love, content ideas, series ideas, and plans, plans, and more plans.
If you would like to perform your own annual art check-up, here are 12 prompts to help you get started, excerpted from my article, Watercolor Chronicles, originally published in the October, 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.
Live well and paint a lot!