My drawing and painting life
September 1st I intend to start a year of painting daily.
Last year I joined a challenge making 101 pieces of art work in a 101 day period. As I joined the group late, I set my target a little lower than some. This really helped me to up my pace and make a lot of art. I decided to enter another challenge and started the 101 Bird challenge. To keep me going.
I loved the effect of being in the challenge. This time I want to challenge myself into making art daily.
I haven’t completely decided on the parameters of the challenge. Here’s some of the questions I am thinking about:
1. Should it be a painting always? (I am leaning towards a yes). Or would a drawing do? And if a drawing does fit, should it have taken a considerable amount of time? …. I do have drawings that were made in only 30 seconds – that is wonderful for getting (or keeping) the drawing muscles going, but is it enough for the creation of a daily art practice? Some of the drawings I’ve done and like a lot were done in an hour, others in 30 to 60 seconds…
2. Should it be a standard size? That could be both easy because I won’t have to think about it, but it could become bothersome (an interesting question….).
3. I want to blog about it. Should it be a daily blogpost? I have recently found that being away from the internet and from people responding to my art has a kind of freeing effect – not having anyone looking over my shoulder all the time is relaxing. It shouldn’t be so relaxed that I stop feeling challenged or motivated of course…
I am very inspired by some other people who started on a challenge like this, especially Niya Christines year of painting. She said afterwards that in hindsight she didn’t think if she ever did it again she would be posting daily.
So I am thinking about posting daily at first (at least 21 days) and after a while moving into twice a week mode…
4. I don’t want to go into 101 days mode again. 365 days is the target. To keep it fresh I should perhaps choose themes that vary from time to time. Choosing a theme per month may be a good idea. Again, I am inspired a great deal by Niya Christines choice for monthly themes.
5. Do I need other parameters?
Dear reader, if you have any thoughts about these questions, I’d love to hear them. Please leave them in the comment section below! I ‘d appreciate them very much!
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