I made art every day! Every. Single. Day. Yes!
If you are new to this blog..about a year ago I took on a challenge…and embarked on a journey that I can truly say has made me more disciplined artist...and more excited about making art and being and artist then, well, ever. If this blog post reads like a gal out of breath- I kind of am, I feel like I have been caught up in a whirlwind of art making. Deep, breaths...let me take a step back... I wanted to push myself so a year ago I found an on-line challenge called Creative Every Day and I signed up…and I have been creative every day since then. That is putting it quite simply.
I.Made.ART.Every. Single. Day.
Now, the challenge wasn’t specific, it just encouraged those involved to be creative every day. But...ummmm...if you know me then you know I like to work a little differently. Seeking more structure, for myself I committed to not just being creative every day, but to making a piece of art every day, which I created within monthly themes. For the most part, I used the themes designated by the challenge, there were a few times where I had another idea and went with that, but throughout this year I started and finished with the same theme for a month-long focus.
Today I just completed piece #366...which confused me a bit because I was like, 'well, there's 365 days in a year, so...' As I sat there scratching my head and feeling the 'Jenny gets a headache when there are numbers involved' headache starting to form, my husband says, 'leap year, beb'. Oh yessssss....leap year. So I made art every day, plus one. Even better!
But…ummmm…I made some more art, beyond the challenge…because well, making the decision to commit to this challenge made me want to create even more, beyond my own self-imposed 'one a day' goak. So…almost 100 fashion illustrations (ugh, I wish I had rounded that 93 out to an even 100!) and some odd and end pieces for shows and just for fun…and it’s looking like close to 500 pieces.
No, I ain't kidding.
So at the end of this year of making art...I want to make MORE art. I have learned that I can push myself and that I can be disciplined, more so than I ever thought possible. I have started to really figure out my aesthetic, what appeals to me as an artist, what influences me, what materials I like to work with.
And I learned that there is always time for art. No matter what.
Well, it's New Year's Eve. I have some thoughts about 2013 and what I will take on next, but might as well blog about that tomorrow. For now, I am going to sit back and just be happy for a minute.
2013 is going to be a very productive, ART-tastic, sparkly, fabulous year. Just wait!
And, here's the work from this month!
Artist and Art Teacher