I just LOVE LOVE LOVE making art!

As mentioned here I do something creative everyday. That often includes a charcoal drawing, I like high contrast and the tonal range I can get with charcoal. In this post you'll see some of the drawings I've done in the last couple weeks. I don't love all of them but I did LOVE making them.

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Art-making took a back seat after I graduated from art school and started pursuing a career. I found ways to stay creative but wasn't doing it with any regularity. 

Then several years ago, I made it a goal to make art everyday for the entire year. I produced a big charcoal drawing or oil painting a day, then I would share my progress online. It wasn't always easy to find time. I was working full-time, volunteering, and my kiddos were really young. However, I was determined and after a little time I started to look forward to it as my happy meditative time of day.

And I did it! I totally fulfilled my goal and made 365 pieces of art! 

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Here is some of what I learned in the process:

  • You have to make the it easy for yourself. Set up your studio and make sure you have enough supplies. Make it so you have no excuses.
  • Make art even if you're not especially inspired. It keeps your eyes and hands trained but often will also spark new ideas.
  • When you make art everyday each piece becomes less precious so you feel more willing to take risks and forgive "failures".
  • Sharing my daily artworks, even those I wasn't proud of, was liberating. The people I shared my artwork with seemed to appreciate the honesty and gave excellent pointers that helped me work through challenges. 
  • It's a very healthy way to live. You wake up knowing you're going to be making a piece of art. So you move throughout your day looking for inspiration. 

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Faith, Charcoal, 18"x24"

Since then, I have continued to do something creative everyday. However, I'm more open to what that is. Be it designing an art project for a class I'm teaching, drawing, painting, knitting, or exploring new media like bobbin lace or glitch art. 

Dartily is a new commitment toward creative growth!

Faith, Charcoal of Rocket, 18"x24"