Friday, January 05, 2007


Ok, so 2007 has begun, and people are making a lot of New Year´s resolutions everywhere, usually to loose weight and quit smoking. Now, my weight isn´t perfect but I can live with it, and I´ve never smoked, so I won´t bother with those two.
I´ve been more inspired be these folks who (among others, these are just a few) have made a conscious art plan for the new year.

Karen Winters
Laurelines
Casey T
Mittroseliv

This is a great idea, to actually sit down and put into words what you want to achieve with your art (or whatever it is that you do) and then tell the world about it. The telling part is probably the most important, if you tell a lot of people about your plans you have a bit of pressure to live up to them.

So, for 2007 I have a few thoughts on what I want to do:

1. Start drawing from my imagination again.
I have concentrated a lot on drawing and painting stuff that I see around me lately, and suddenly realized that I almost stopped drawing thoughts, fantasies, abstract ideas and so on. I´m going to play more. Usually these drawings contain people in different forms, which leads me to the next challenge:

2. Draw people.
I´m going to take advantage of the fact that I live a few 100 meters from a place where they have life drawing sessions every two weeks. I need to get better with the human figure, I want to be able to draw a person doing something without necessarily having someone doing it in front of my eyes.

3. Draw cars.
Just because I find it very amusing but incredibly difficult.

4. A series of drawings/paintings with a Stockholm theme.
Be it architecture, people, mere fantasies or whatever - Stockholm is a beautiful and inspiring place.

5. Paint without drawing.
Watercolours are great to work with, yet I think that you can never become a full-fledged expert in this medium. There is always something new to learn. This year it will be to let the paint do the job.

I think that will do. We´ll see how it goes.

12 comments:

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

Sounds like an excellent plan, Nina! I especially like the one about working from imagination, which I sometimes do as well, then forget about again...

Laura said...

Wonderful goals, nina! I'd give a lot to be in Stockholm sketching---it's my second favorite city in the world. I'm eager to see how you proceed with your plan and it's nice to know that there's a kindred spirit laboring away similarly in a far away country. Good luck!

Teri C said...

Wonderful goals Nina. Now you have given me more ideas so I will put them under my 'anything else that comes along'.

mrana said...

Those goals are great. You've reminded me not to lose sight of drawing from the imagination this year while I challenge myself and learn. I love your drawings, so I'm sure you'll do really well!

Arty Velarde said...

I LOVE YOUR WORK!

Anonymous said...

You've got some great ideas for your art plan! I would never have even thought about drawing something not in front of me! Maybe I have no imagination! I have also been trying to do some painting without drawing first and I like the way those turn out for the most part! I'm looking forward to watching your progress this year---the pictures in your blog are great!--Carol C.

Lin said...

What a great plan, Nina! And that bottle -- oh my gosh -- it's use incredible! The color, lines, contours -- just awesome!

Casey said...

I always love visitng your blog Nina. Your art plan sounds both ambitious and realistic - I already love your work and I'm looking forward to keeping up with it this year.

Claudia said...

Hi Nina, thank you for mentioning my art plan. What I find especially interesting in yours is the Stockholm series. I'm looking forward to it...because I like your drawing and painting style!

Claudia (Mittroseliv)

gingermoggy said...

Ah, Nina! I am too much of a coward to make my goals public in case I fall down on them! But I already have accomlished one that you inspired me towards: BUY NOODLERS AND LAMYS!!! Now if only I could just get around to USING them!!!!

Julie Oakley said...

Beautiful drawing Nina, as is all of your work. You're an inspiration.

ksklein said...

wow. love the colors. thanks for commenting in my bolg