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30 Days of Get Your Art On

The past several months, well really this whole year so far, I have been incredibly busy working. Busier than a person really should be. And since doing my 30 Days of Carving and 30 Days of Journaling, the only art work I've really done has been to make samples to go along with some magazine articles that I wrote and some workshop proposals. I know I really, really, REALLY need to make art on a regular basis, if not every day. It keeps me balanced and happy, which in turn helps everything else fall in to place. But it's the first thing to go by the way side when I'm really busy. I still haven't figured out how to not have to work so many hours every day.

06.29.11 journal page

Some things have been brewing in me, and I worked in my journal last night. I realized that with the first of the month tomorrow, the timing is perfect (and necessary for me) to do another 30 days of something. The most obvious choice for what that 30 days is about, is, well, making art! So I am committing to making art every day for 30 days. And I'm calling it 30 Days of Get Your Art On. I know it's not grammatically correct. So what. Some years ago, I made buttons that said "Get Your Art On", and I also taught some workshops with that title. I love the expression and I like to use it. So I just stuck a 30 Days in Front of it. The way I see it, it's 30 Days of "Get Your Art On." So yeah, it really does make sense. Here are my rules:

  • I'll make art every day for 30 days and post what I have done to my blog.
  • I don't have to finish what ever I'm working on that day, I just have to work on something.
  • I have to work for 30 minutes, but can work longer if time permits.
  • It doesn't matter what I do for the art making, as long as I work on art.
  • I won't feel guilty for taking the time to work on art and I won't have to justify why I'm doing it.
  • I don't have to go into detail in my blog post about how I did anything or what tools or materials I used (unless I want to).

My real hope is that this will help get me back on track for figuring out a working schedule of sorts, and that art making will become part of my daily routine, even after the 30 days is over. And, that I'll get better (and be gentle with myself) about not putting creative time and art making as the last thing on my to-do list, which means it often gets neglected. It really needs to be the first since I'm an artist and that's how I make my living.

I hope you'll join me in taking a pledge to make some art every day for 30 days. Decide what you want your rules to be in order for this to be a fun and positive experience for you. Be sure they are realistic and doable so that you aren't setting yourself up for failure, and then beating yourself up when you break the rules. If you'd like to join in, please go to my blog and put the 30 Days of Get Your Art On badge on your blog (if you have one). Just copy the code from the right sidebar, under the button.

Have a safe 4th of July, and I hope you'll do something fun & creative!

Traci Bunkers
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