Arting for 365 Day 364: The Process

Day 364, 4 z 6" ink and watercolor on paper

Day 364, 4 z 6″ ink and watercolor on paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

As this 365 project has neared the end, quite a few people have asked if I have anything special planned for day 365. The answer, I am quite content to say, is no.

I began this project because I needed to commit myself to art making. I needed to quit making excuses for why I wasn’t creating – the number one excuse being time.

When I began, I had aspirations of spending hours upon hours, every day creating great drawings or paintings; and there were a few days I did. I soon realized, though, there would be days that I would find only 20-30 minutes to focus on art. Initially I felt guilty about those days. As my daily practice continued though, I realized I was improving not in spite of the small amounts of time I could devote some days; but because of it.

Perhaps I don’t have anything special planned because I plan to continue to make art every day. While I won’t blog daily, and I won’t require myself to finish a piece each day, my commitment will continue and I will continue to improve because of it.

Arting for 365 Day 126: Into September

Day 126 (9/1/12): September Flower

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It is hard to believe that it has been four months since I decided making art everyday and blogging about it was a good idea. Do I still think the decision was a wise one? Heck yeah, I do! Here are a few reasons why:

  1. When someone asks, “What are you doing today?” I actually have an answer. This was not always the case prior to the arting endeavor.
  1. My 96 year old grandma, who rarely surfs the internet, does get on rather regularly to look at my site. This in turn makes me feel like kind of a big deal.
  1. Someone actually bought the drawing I did of a toilet. Granted the purchaser did not realize it was a toilet at first, but once he did, he still bought it. This must mean the world has a sense of humor.
  1. I have a nearly endless supply of birthday/Christmas/Kwanza/Leap Year presents (whether people want them or not).
  1. I get to tell strange stories about animals and then convince people they are clever, not crazy.
  1. I do what I love everyday.