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
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.
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