Considering a Daily Project?Monday, August 17, 2009 8:32
I’m successfully halfway through my month long personal challenge to create and list a new piece of artwork daily (Monday through Friday).
Last year I was really drawn to the idea of artists who have the commitment to create new work daily. I really admire the self-discipline. I was introduced to Randel Plowman’s work through the Drawn Blog. This led me to more research into other artists who support themselves by creating a new work daily. Look around, you will find many artists on Ebay, Etsy and the like, offering new work daily.
There are benefits that come from daily work.
Working daily puts you into a pattern, which gets your mind set and ready to switch gears quickly. You are gaining more trial and error experience in technique. You are learning what works, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and developing your own style.
I’ve long recognized a correlation between prolific artists and successful artists. Sure, occasionally you will find the one-hit-wonders among the bunch, but most often the artists that are getting recognition are also the artists who are working consistently and have plenty of work under their belt to show for it.
One of my favorite books is Art and Fear. This book has taught me many important lessons, but one of the most important is to remain productive. Are you suffering from writer’s, or rather artist’s, block? There is no better way to get over it then to just start working. Don’t worry that each piece needs to be a masterpiece, just start by laying down marks on your paper, canvas, or screen.
If the idea of sharing your work seems overwhelming or far fetched, I encourage you to buy a sketchbook and commit to filling one page a day. When I was in college my professors required all art students to use a sketchbook and turn it in regularly (a page each day of class for homework). At the time I loathed the pressure. After graduating I have become grateful to those same professors. Looking back at these sketchbooks I realize it got me into flow of working regularly. I also now have a library of my own reference material.
With all of this in mind, I challenge you to work daily in your own interest areas. You will find with time that the task is less daunting, your passion will grow, and the inspiration will flow more freely.