Although I’ve been pretty good about doing art on a regular basis, I thought it might be time for another round of 30 Days of Get Your Art On, starting October 1, 2012. I was just out of town teaching, and busy with some other work, and found I wasn’t feeling like myself. When that happens, it always comes back to the fact that I haven’t been making art every day. It makes me wonky if I don’t. Also, I’ve got a big art show coming up the beginning of the year, and this will help me create some new work for it. Plus, it’s fun!
My rules are the same that I’ve had in the past, except I’ve extended my minimum work time to an hour. Here they are:
- I’ll make art every day for 30 days and post what I have done.
- 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 at least 1 hour, 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 post about how I did anything or what tools, materials I used (unless I want to).
I’ve gotten much better the past year about not putting creative-time as the last thing on my list. Now, (usually) it’s the first! And I feel so much better the rest of the day if I start out by working in my studio, whether in my journal or on a mixed-media piece. I really do get in a funk when I get off track with art making. It’s my “meaning making” as Eric Maisel puts it, and without my meaning making, I feel lost. And I took me a long time to figure out that if I waited until the end of the day to make art, I didn’t do it. So if I’m really busy with a project, then I have to get up earlier to fit in art making.
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 put the 30 Days of Get Your Art On badge on your blog. Just copy the code from the right sidebar, under the badge. If you’d like, you can also add your name & info to the List Of Participating Artists. Tell your friends! This starts Oct. 1.