I don’t usually make new years’ resolutions but this year I was inspired. My resolution is to make art every day, and then post these on Facebook. Posting daily here on the blog is too much so I will post occasionally as the dailies accumulate.
How I got inspired? Well, there are a few reasons. And to me, when there are a few reasons that amount to a force then I must pay attention. My first inspiration was my cousin Suzie who was posting a photo a day last year. They were not simply snapshots but beautiful works of art. This daily activity seemed so fulfilling, I wanted to go out and do my own right away. But I didn’t because, well, I didn’t want to be a copy-cat. So I thought I could wait until this year and find another theme, another angle. My next inspiration came in a thought that I want to spend time on meaningful things. Less TV, less online solitaire, less online anything, more art, more looking at the real world, more sharing with others. I was looking at some of my old sketchbooks and knew I wanted to renew a habit I broke some time ago—my daily doodle. Also, I need to draw to work out some art ideas I have brewing that have not materialized. How can I do that without making marks? Just do it. And finally, I love to draw, make pictures of most anything. I like to experiment with media and subjects, hone the skills and share that.
And so hatched my Art-A-Day project. Make art every day. Join me, you’ll like it.
I made a few ‘rules’. They aren’t strict, only guidelines. The most ruley rule is I have to post every day. I decided to make my daily entries into sketchbooks I’ve had lying around. I actually have six about the same size (5.5×8.5) and this is just enough to get through the year. I like the idea of using up stuff I already have. I am not limiting myself to inside the books, but will use this as a collection place so to speak. In fact, already I have made two digital images using Corel Painter. I also will count doodles in my notebook as well as larger work (when I get to it). I’m not required to complete a work each day. I can include incomplete work, documenting stages. That way I can get into a big thing one day and not worry I have to finish something for my art-a-day post.
Unless it is digital, I made these in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series for heavyweight paper for pen and ink. Here’s what I’ve done so far.