Leah Piken Kolidas creates a challenge every year to be creative every day. For the month of November, the challenge ramps up to Art Every Day Month. Last year, I used the challenge to inspire me to do a painting every day. While I have continued to paint, I tend to squeeze it into ‘extra’ time rather than make it a priority.

It seems almost foolish to admit I still struggle with allowing myself the time to create. I don’t struggle to define myself as an artist, I have spent quite a bit of my life getting an art degree, showing, living around artists. Now I have a creative company, yet I still don’t make my creative time my priority. It’s still a treat I get if I get the rest of my work done.

I think that’s why I like the Art Every Day challenge. It provides just enough impetus to create a priority space for my art.

Preparing for Art Every Day

color palettes

I love color charts, so I decided to make some for a selection of art supplies I thought I might want to use in the upcoming weeks. While I certainly have the capacity to get neurotic about measuring¬† and drawing neat little boxes for consistent washes, I find myself doing better if I loosen up a bit and just get things done. I was particularly interested in how the paint, pencils, and crayons looked when brushed out. I’m thinking I will be playing with more layers and mixing media more than I have been, and I can do that better if I can see what the colors look like separately.

Want to join me?

I’ve seen a number of familiar names on the sign up list. Who else wants to do it? It’s designed to be fun and low pressure. You can sign up here.

I’ll be posting what I do daily on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to follow along.


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4 Comments

  1. […] Participating in this type of challenge is never what I expect. I started out thinking I would explore more mixed media. I was thinking of using ink pencils and water soluble crayons. They never came out of their boxes after I made the color charts. […]

  2. […] Participating in this type of challenge is never what I expect. I started out thinking I would explore more mixed media. I was thinking of using ink pencils and water soluble crayons. They never came out of their boxes after I made the color charts. […]


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