It is, as I type, Day 10 of my 30-day art challenge, and I’m having So. Much. Fun. My goal with this challenge was to engage with my art every day, preferably on a project I wasn’t being paid for and hadn’t promised to anyone because I was finding it harder and harder to make time for my own random, occasionally inadvisable, soul-filling art whims. There are a few people doing this with me, some of whom are posting their stuff, and I have to say, it’s more fun doing it with them. We cheer each other on, and celebrate each other’s doggedness (because you know how I feel about doggedness when it comes to creativity).
I’d originally set out to finish a piece every day, and for the first six days, I did.
Then I hit day 7 and just as it’s happened so many, many times before to so many, many artists before me, I became obsessed, quite unexpectedly, with – of course! – an octopus.
Weeks ago, one of my favorite online friends mentioned that she’d love a doodled octopus, and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. On Day 7, I woke up early and started doodling one.
Over the next three days, I got back to my octopus whenever I had time, and I took pictures along the way so I could share the undertaking with you.
I’m pretty sure it’s not possible to overstate how into this I got. I felt like I do when I’m reading a really good book and my actual life keeps getting in the way of my finishing it. (Coincidentally, I am, in fact reading a really good book now, so my life, my octopus, and my really good book were duking it out daily for my time.)
At first, I was a little stressed out that I was taking so long. In my own mind, I’d committed to completing something new every day, but when an obsession takes hold, it takes hold, and it didn’t take me long to realize feeding this particular brand of zealotry was far more worthwhile than adhering to an arbitrary set of rules (because you know how I feel about rules when it comes to creativity). The point, after all, was to make time for my art whims.
Yesterday, I finished her.
I love her – as much for the hours she didn’t allow me to fill with lesser things as for the finished piece she now is.
It’s not too late to join us. Whatever your art form is, committing to finding time for it on a daily basis is good for your soul. We have people painting, posting, writing, postcard-making, and website overhauling. And if it would help you to announce your intent, feel free to do so in the comments below. I will absolutely cheer you on.
Okay, twenty days to go. Onward!