Best Art Year Ever? A Look Back at 2020 [99]

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Last year we ran a special event called Your Best Art Year Ever, in which we led 3,500 people through a planning process to ensure that 2020 would indeed be their best year ever.

Of course then Covid came along and threw everything up in the air.

Nevertheless, life continued and this week, we’re looking back on our plans to see where they went well, where we had to change course, and whether we learned anything that we can take into 2021. Our conversation spans dreaming big dreams, setting clear goals, understanding your motivation, and the need for flexibility when things change.

We also answer a listener question from Jennifer, who is struggling with how to stay authentic in her work. And I have some news to share: for the first time a 2 hour lesson following me creating two small paintings is available. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make decisions to create abstract landscapes take a look at what’s available:

See the Purely Abstract lesson group HERE
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Next week, The Practice by Seth Godin

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5 replies
  1. Jenny Hall
    Jenny Hall says:

    Thank you Alice and Louise for answering my question regarding authenticity. Both of your answers really helped. I feel like I have a better handle on it: trust that I KNOW when something is authentic! And I also feel like I have some tools to help me stay on track when the “approval bug-a-boo” rears it’s ugly head…!
    Many thanks!
    – Jennifer (really “Jenny” ?)

  2. Jane Brannigan
    Jane Brannigan says:

    Thank you Louise and Alice

    Encouraging to hear how well you have both done in 2020.

    Thank you for providing the inspiration, tools, insight and introducing me to so many good artists, this has kick started me closer to my goals as an artist.

    It is good hearing you reminding us that when we have other things to attend to that we should accept that and be gentle with ourselves.

    Two gigs cancelled, two holidays cancelled and replaced by twenty paintings I would never of dreamt of painting alongside others that have potential.

    Look forward to watching Seth Goldin next week and seeing your art work evolve.

    Those ice creams with bubble gum were called ‘Screwballs’ if i remember rightly. Oyster shells with soapy marshmallow were delicious too.


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