Earlier in the year my co-workers decided to do a one a day challenge. Creating one piece of art everyday for a year! We decided to do something small, 6x6 inches, so it wouldn't be too overwhelming. I was able to stick it out for 2 months. It's tough, 365 days of solid art making.
Here's what I learned:
Doing something creative everyday fuels creativity
I had been in a creative lull before starting the challenge, I hardly did any art for a couple of months and when I started the challenge I wasn't sure I'd be able to paint or draw everyday. After starting the challenge I started feeling better, pulling out of the winter blues I often get, and once I started I found that it was easy! Ideas came to me all the time, there was no lack of inspiration.
Art is a practice, if you don't do it everyday you loose the opportunity to grow.
If you want to be good at what you do, you have to practice. Everyday. In two short months I found my skills improving. I was re-connecting with my tools, learning their limitations (as well as my own). It was rewarding to see myself learn and grow so much.
Challenging yourself with friends really works to get your but in gear
Having a support group, other people in the same boat really keeps you accountable for your end of the deal and keeps you motivated. Posting everyday and seeing everyone else's art definitely worked for me to sit down and do the work.
So, with all these great reasons to do it, why did I stop?
I admit, it was tough to juggle my one a day with my other responsibilities, My husband and puppy were definitely feeling neglected, and the dishes were most certainly piling up more than normal. The other reason, the big giant reason, was that my ideas were starting to expand. I was craving bigger surfaces. The 6x6 size just wasn't cutting it anymore. I started pulling out 8x10's, 11x14, 16x20! I'm just so excited to be putting ideas out there and I've got lots of things I want to accomplish in the year ahead.
I know, I failed the challenge, but I feel that I've gained so much more. Have you ever given yourself a challenge? I'd love to hear what you learned from your experiences.
Have an art filled day! ♥ Christina