Last year was a year of many first times, fun and excitement. I went couchsurfing in Vienna, visited my brother-in-law in Copenhagen, got a new pair of glasses and two adorable pet rats, worked as a costume assistent on the set of a short film, went to the best hippie party you can imagine, gave filmworkshops to a bunch of kids, moved to a bigger apartemet where I now have my first real art studio - *takes deep breath to break long sentence* - organized an art event and followed a workshop in illustrating childrensbooks.
Do you notice anything?
I have done nothing creative for myself.
I didn't create.
I especially did a lot for different cultural organisations, but thereby I had almost no time to do things just for me. I can't even remember if I made a painting last year. I think I did not. I tried several times, but it just didn't work out. Creatively, it just wasn't a great year for me.
I also had a bad year if it comes to writing. I started out writing a tv show, but then got too busy and I still haven't had the time to pick it up where I left it.
So when it comes to new years resolutions: I want to be more creative, work on my skills, cause I really wasted them last year. 2017 hás to be a better year for me.
My new year resolutions
Make at least one painting a month
Like I said, I didn't make any paintings this last year. Nothing. I did paint, but it never turned into a painting that is worth looking at. So to push myself to do it more (otherwise, I will never get better at it), I demand myself to make at least one painting a month. I think it can be done.
Write a new short film
This is something I really need to be doing. I don't want to waste all those years of film study. I already began writing something and I hope I will stick to this idea and finish this scenario.
Make an illustrations portfolio
When I illustrated a childrens book last year, I decided to make a portfolio and send this to publishers. Well, I didn't do it. I was so busy with everything else, that there really was no time to make random illustrations just for my portfolio. But, now I have an art studio, there are no more excuses! So let's go with it!
Keep an Art Journal
I started an art journal during the summer, by buying a new sketchbook and make some sort of painting in it. Even though I promised myself to draw or paint something in it every day, I didn't do it. So this certainly is one of my new years resolutions: paint or draw something EVERY SINGLE DAY. I'll keep you posted on this one.
Experiment with photography
I photographed a lot in my teens and the last few years - especially the last few years - my camera is lying there in the corner, gathering dust. Although my camera works fine, I'm planning to buy a new and improved one in 2017, hoping this will motivate me to photograph more often and to experiment some more.
Experiment on film
Yeah well, this I really need to be doing. Can't add anything else to it.
Update this blog more often
Not thát important, but why own a blog if you don't update it regularly? So I'm planning to upload a new article twice a week: wednesdays and sundays. So if you're bored as fuck and have an internet connection: you're welcome to stop by.
How did 2016 treat you? And do you have any new years resolutions regarding your artistic life?
I am a photographer, visual artist, (screen)writer and filmmaker. On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.
P.S. I am not a native English speaker, so my English is far from excellent. Sorry for that.