I cannot stress enough the importance of setting goals for your artwork. When I first started out with acrylic pouring, I only had one goal, to try acrylic pouring. And when I had done that and continued pouring, I never stopped to set new goals for myself. I just made a lot of paintings and had a lot of fun with it.
And you should have fun with it, you should fill your free time with things you feel good about doing! But after months of just painting using the same techniques, much of that initial thrill I felt in the beginning had worn off. I was just using the same formula over and over, only slightly deviating to slowly discover the outer limits of what was possible.
There’s nothing wrong with finding a formula and sticking to it, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it, but you can always invent something else. Your formula will still work just like it always did, but I’d strongly encourage you to go out of your comfort zone in this new year.
It was only when I began experimenting, and setting goals for myself, that the thrill came back. These goals don’t have to be radical, you don’t have to, and by all means shouldn’t, throw all the knowledge you’ve gained out of the window. All that setting goals means is that your adventure in art has a bit more structure.
I’ve made a list of potential goals you could use or adapt for yourself. Comment down below if you pick one to try, or let us know what goals you’re working on!
- If you’ve never tried resin before, I’d challenge you to give it a shot!
- Create a painting larger than you ever have before. See where all that space takes you!
- Reach out to the restaurants, cafes, and salons in your community and ask if you can display your art there.
- Apply to galleries for the first time!
- Create a series of paintings centered around some common theme, be that a common color palette, technique, or size.
- Start your own online store!
- Try adding texture to your work, mica flakes and German glitter shards work really well for this.
- Try and invent a completely new formula for your acrylic pours, and keep an ongoing journal of the recipe and your results.
- Only use canvas? Switch to boards, or furniture
- Only paint on squares or rectangles? Switch it up and use round panels instead, best options are from woodcrafter.com, trekkel.com, or dickblick.com
What goals do you have? Please share below so we can all get some more ideas on what we could do differently in our work!
Kelsey Rodriguez is an emerging artist and Political Science undergraduate student in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She just recently opened her small business selling her original artwork, Poured Planets, in the spring of 2018. She has exhibited at several cafes around the Twin Cities and has ongoing consignment relationships with galleries and art consulting agencies around Minnesota.