I am definitely someone who has to keep their creative ideas reined in. I learned during the second year of My Creative Resolution, that trying new things is fun, but learning and progress with new mediums takes time and dedication. If you scatter your time and energy across many different things, you don’t significantly progress in any one area. Growth takes focus.
At the time I tried block printing and thought, “This is cool. This is harder than I thought.” and “It would take time to get better at this.” After a year of trying things in 2015, I decided to focus on watercolor.
As I think about next year. The first thing that happens is I get excited about the idea of “shiny new things.” Then I pause and remember the lesson I learned and really think, “What do I want to focus on in 2020?”
There are two sides to my creative life – me as a creative pursuing what interests me and me growing a creative business. It’s important for me to make the distinction otherwise my list for 2020 will be all business ideas.
Creative business ideas:
- Online lessons – continue developing online lessons. I’m really happy with the first online Watercolor Painting Lesson – Birch Forest Painting, as well as the printable worksheets and tutorials I have created this year. See them all here. I’ve been working on a watercolor seascape lesson, and have plans for a Creative Exploration course – based on my book Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life.
- In person creative events – I’ve been teaching kids, but would like to also host adult workshops.
- Newsletter – I love collecting inspiration and sharing it with others. If you haven’t seen the newsletter, sign up here.
- Daily morning work is an important part of my art practice. Keeps me calm and creative. I enjoy it! I paint whatever strikes me that morning. It’s a no pressure time.
- Seascapes – I am still drawn to the ocean. I never tire of visiting, photographing, and painting the ocean.
My creative ideas seem almost boring because I’m just continuing with more of the same, but as much as a new idea would be “shiny and new” I can’t think of one that would top my interest in the above.
When I write the words that describe me and what I’m interested in it’s, “inspire creativity, teach, paint in watercolor, and the beach.” This just confirms I have the right goals in mind for 2020. I’m sticking to the path I’ve been on.
What are your creative plans for 2020? Hoping for a creative year but don’t know where to start? Try my book Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life – Develop a regular practice of creating, explore mediums and subjects in search of your thing, and experience the joy that creativity brings. Creativity is for EVERYONE! Talent is just a starting point.