I love the couple of days after Christmas. It’s like having surprise days off.
No pressure for Christmas Dinner, no expectations on what you could, should or must do. It’s like a deep chill. It can be a nice time to reflect on what’s worked on your paintings and what hasn’t over the year.
Go back on your phone camera roll from 2023 and see where you went, what you sketched, or what you painted (Or what you wanted to paint but just didn’t get the time to start)
Also, take the pressure off and enjoy your inspirations no matter how quirky or obsessional they seem.
I’ve been enjoying photographing festive drinks! hic
Then December 28th dawned.
This period can start the stirrings of being a bit lost at sea. I call this the ‘nearly new year blues’
You start to put expectations on yourself for the year ahead.
What massive artistic brilliance are you going to have to ‘show’ this year? will you ever find your unique style? Or just even do the paintings you said you were going to do.
Everyone else seems to be super productive, it’s enough to crack open the Christmas chocolate again!
But having been here before, have faith. Every brushstroke you make, every line you draw and every new idea you jot down will carry your practice through.
Your journey as an artist is not defined by the destinations reached but by the courage to take action.
This year might not have brought you the goals you anticipated, but the worst thing you can do is get stuck in your own head, ruminating about what you could or should have done and, as a result, do nothing.
So, as you prepare for the coming year, embrace the unknown. Every artist’s journey is unique. Keep creating, keep exploring, and most importantly, try and remember this sense of calm and freedom you felt waking up on boxing day, it will serve you well in your paintings in the year ahead.
Now, all I’ve got to do is remember my own advice!
Have a fab New Year,