Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Where Would You Like Your Art to Be a Year from Now?

Tuesday Tips &Tricks:

At the end of the year, many of us look back and take stock of the past year, what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and maybe, what we wish we had done. I like to page through my sketchbooks and see how my sketching has changed over the year. What worked? What didn’t? What do I need to work on more? Looking at your work after not seeing it for a while, and looking at it chronologically, is interesting. There’s always a surprise or two!  Then there’s the look to the new year, where would I like my work to be a year from now?

Looking Back Over 2015

Tuesday Tips & Tricks posts have covered topics from architecture to Zen doodles and a whole lot in between! We talked about how to sketch, why to sketch, and what to sketch. We looked at color and shades of gray. We covered sharing your work on-line and in shows. and so much more. We even advised you to ruin your watercolors!  If you found a post helpful and would like to review it check out the Blog Archive in the sidebar and click on your topic of choice. The same goes for TT&Ts you may have missed.

Looking to the Future

Looking to the new year, where would you like your art to be a year from now? What are your goals? (It’s good to set them, but that’s another post.)

The next question is, how can we, at the Urban Sketchers - Chicago blog, help? Do you have a topic you’d like us to explore? Let us know. Leave a comment here with your suggestions and questions.

May we all have a Happy and Artful 2016!


  1. Thanks for this post Barbara and for reminding me of the wide range of topics that were covered just in one year alone. Looking back to some of the comments that came out of our Sketch Seminar, I can see that working with water colors and advanced techniques still bubble to the top of many people's wish list. Another one that comes up occasionally is a wish to incorporate figure drawing into urban sketching. Well, with public indecency laws being what they are, perhaps there is an opportunity to learn more about sketching people in public...with their clothes still on? Thanks again for being the final blog post of 2015!!

  2. Thanks, Wes. We really did cover a lot of ground in 2015, didn't we? I totally agree with your observations. Here's to another successful year. Happy New Year!


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