The start of the year is always a good time to take stock and plan the year ahead. Your creative journey is no different. This blog is to help you get your artistic world in order by getting organised to help you hit your creative goals and stay on top of your artistic adventure.
So let’s dive in:

  1. Dream Big – but set goals:
    Start by dreaming up your art dreams – what do you want to achieve? Break it down into bite-sized goals. Whether it’s finishing a killer series or showcasing your work, clear goals give you direction.
  2. Time for a Schedule Party:
    Get your calendar out! Sketch out a schedule that fits your life. When’s your prime creative time? Pencil in those moments for sketching, painting, and even some research. Consistency is your friend here.

3. Tidy Studio, Clear Mind:
Picture this: a clean, organised studio where you can find everything without going on a treasure hunt. Create a space where it’s like a mini vacation for you and your creativivity.

  • Streamline and Declutter:
    Trim down unnecessary items in your studio. Keep essentials within reach and consider donating or storing items that aren’t regularly used.
  • Create Purposeful Zones:
    Designate specific areas for different activities like sketching, painting, and storage. Organise your tools and materials accordingly to improve workflow.
  • Smart Storage Solutions:
    Invest in practical storage options tailored to your supplies. Opt for open shelving, transparent containers, and labeled drawers to easily locate and access what you need.

4. Tech Magic:
Embrace the digital side! There are tons of apps to help you stay on top of things. Try project management tools or digital sketching apps to keep your ideas flowing smoothly.

5. High-Five Reflection Time:
Take a breather now and then to reflect. What’s working? What needs a tweak? It’s like a little checkpoint to keep you on the road to artistic success.

10 Books to Ignite Creativity and Success

  1. “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron:
    A classic guide that takes artists through a 12-week program to unlock creativity, overcome blocks, and foster self-discovery.
  2. “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon:
    Practical advice and insights on creativity, encouraging artists to embrace influences, find their voice, and navigate the creative process.
  3. “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert:
    Wisdom on creativity, letting go of fear, embracing curiosity, and living a more fulfilling creative life.
  4. “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield:
    Tackles internal battles artists face, providing strategies to overcome obstacles and unleash creative potential.
  5. “Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by David Bayles and Ted Orland:
    Explores challenges artists face and offers practical advice on navigating the creative process with courage and resilience.
  6. “Color: A Natural History of the Palette” by Victoria Finlay:
    Takes readers on a global journey, exploring the history and cultural significance of various colors and pigments.
  7. “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life” by Twyla Tharp:
    Insights from renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp on creativity and the habits that foster a more productive artistic life.
  8. “Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist” by Lisa Congdon:
    Practical advice on turning artistic passion into a successful career, covering self-promotion, contracts, and portfolio building.
  9. “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott:
    While it includes writing, Lamott’s book offers profound insights on the creative process and life as an artist.
  10. “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White:
    A classic guide to clear and effective writing, which can be beneficial for artists communicating about their work.

Remember, success in the arts is a personal and evolving journey. Embrace your unique creative process, stay disciplined in your organisation, and continue to push the boundaries of your artistic expression.

We hope that you enjoy exploring these books and find the ones that resonate most with your personal creative goals and challenges.

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