The start of the year welcomes new challenges and fresh goals. Whatever is it that you’d like to accomplish, do it passionately and creatively in 2017. Here’s 10 new year’s resolutions to inspire creativity in you.
1. See art
The best way to be inspired by art is to actually see it. Take monthly visits to your city’s museums and frequent special exhibitions. You can also visit local galleries for more intimate showings and may even have a chance to meet the artist. If you’re not able to physically make the trip to galleries, there’s a plethora of resources and museums online that you’re able to see for free. You can also get inspired by digital platforms, like Creatubbles, where a global community of creators share their original work.
2. Keep a sketchbook
Keeping a sketchbook is a great way to hone in on your creativity. A sketchbook can mean many things for each individual creator. Whether you actually want to sketch ideas or physical objects you find throughout the day, write notes or scrapbook — keeping a sketchbook is a perfect for exercising your creativity at anytime.
3. Learn a new form
Whether it be painting, ceramics, digital drawing, photography or sketching still life, learn a new artistic medium. Many local shops, schools, universities or civic centers put on art classes for a range of ages and skill. For example, a ceramics shop may put on evening pottery classes and allow students to use the kiln. There are many online tutorials that start with the basics and move on to fundamental skills of various forms of artwork. You can also go to your local library to check out instructional books for free.
4. Make time
Most everyone can agree that life can run away from you sometimes. This upcoming year, devote time to nurture your creativity. Whether it be an hour a week to a nightly ritual, practice does indeed make perfect. Set a time on your calendar to create and make sure you fulfill your promise to yourself.
5. Carry a camera
One of the most inspiring elements of life is life itself — and it’s moving all around you. See what creative shots you can find on your commute to work, a walk through the park, on a busy street or even at the café. You don’t need a fancy digital camera to create wonderful photographs. Pick up an old analog camera from the thrift store or second-hand and see the world through a different lens.
6. Be open-minded
Creativity is entirely subjective and as viewers, we find different types of art more exciting than others. In 2017, broaden your horizons by seeing and learning about creative styles that you haven’t paid much attention to in the past. For example, if you love Impressionism, why not reach out of the box and visit a Dadaist exhibition?
7. Fine tune your talents
We all have something that we’re really good at. This upcoming year, make it a priority to first, find out what that is. You may not become the next Picasso overnight, but if painting is your forté, develop your skill. Honing in on your craft open more creative avenues, such as understanding light, shading or colors — which will be helpful for trying out other mediums.
Don’t be afraid to be silly. If you want to try out pottery, get messy! Find your creative niche by playing around. And once you find it, push yourself and play some more. Not only will you open new boundaries for yourself, but you can also have a very fun time doing it.
9. Share & inspire
Sharing original work can be scary initially, but also can be instrumental in fostering your creativity. You can showcase your work in a safe environment, like around the house for friends and family to see. You can also ask to hang your creations in local coffee shops or markets. There are digital content-sharing platforms that cater to specific types of creative mediums, as well. As always, Creatubbles provides a safe and encouraging space to share creations with other around the globe.
Visit someplace you’ve never gone before. Take a walk in the forest or visit a new city. Try a new activity, such as hiking, kayaking, swimming, taking a trolley, etc. If you can, carry your camera, sketchbook, easel, clay, ipad or whichever medium you choose. You’ll be sure to create something you’ve never made before.
Are you planning to expand your creative potential in 2017? Be sure to share your creative journey with us on Creatubbles!