|I plan on spending quality time with the catalog
published by the Whitney Museum on Lyonel Feininger
(Gaberndorf II, oil on canvas, 1924, 39 x 30.5).
Take this time and don't draw or paint. Okay, I was kind of
thinking the world would end if I said it, but the apocalypse has not yet
arrived, so let me explain. Right now, I'm tired. I've just travelled to get to
my family's home and we had all of these activities and events to do that were
fun, but after all of it I'm a little worn out.
So instead of pushing myself to do an oil painting or sketch, I'm
going to try a few different tactics to rejuvenate my artistic outlook for the
new year, and I'm actually going to start by going to museums, galleries, open
studios, art shops, and workshops—just as an observer.
I have several art catalogs sitting on my desk waiting for
me to spend some quality time with them, and that isn't something I can do when
I have a lot of other pressing commitments, so this seems like a perfect
opportunity to do a little skimming and page flipping.
I want to do a few hours of brain dumping as well. I'm going
to find a place to just sit, think, and write—about art that I'm seeing, art
that I would love to make, and where I think contemporary art is heading.
I'm also going to do some post-holiday shopping...for me!
There a few items that I would like to get myself now that the time of gift giving
is over. And I'm starting with the Artist Daily store. There are so many great
resources available and right now we all get a 30% off coupon for anything in
the store. Plus back issues of our magazines are an additional 20% off. Enjoy—I
know I will!