November was Art Every Day Month, a project created by Leah Piken Kolidas
This was the second year I participated. I wrote a summary post similar to this one last year.
The process this year
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.
I did combine traditional media with digital. Scanning in drawings, adding photos then painting into them in Photoshop. Some of the sketches are decades old. It was interesting to see what elements have carried through all these years.
This year versus last
I opened my review post last year by describing what I was doing with my paintings:
“They are all universal themes we encounter in life. I’ll be using them in a new product line I am creating called Exploring My Options. The images will be used to help people identify themes in their lives and work with them more effectively.”
Now, a year later, I am still working on the same thing. Not because I procrastinated or forgot, but because I expanded the VisualsSpeak team and we decided to focus on our professional development tools first. We’ve made a lot of progress on the personal development tools, but it’s all been behind the scenes. Look for that to change in 2011.
Response was different
Last year, people from a variety of parts of my life left comments on my posts. This year, it was heavily weighted toward people participating in the challenge. Not sure why, and I am not going down the path of speculation. How people engage with social media shifts all the time. Some of the people who followed closely last year just weren’t showing up online this year. I loved the comments from my journey mates, and just wished I could have spent more time visiting all of them everyday and leaving more comments.
For part of the month I wrote about each image, or what the image touched in me. For the rest, I just posted an image. Each approach was different, I can’t say one was better than the other.
Overall, I think the images were stronger this year. Last year I was just starting to paint in traditional media again after a 15 year break.
Permission to create
The challenge gives me permission to create. Not that I actually technically need permission, I am my own boss etc. I’ve always done better having a ‘reason’ to create. Someday I want the joy of creating to be enough. I know it’s just a matter of allowing myself to create just for fun more than as an occasional treat.
Thanks to all who participated in the challenge, by making art or by commenting and cheering us on. A special thanks to Leah for organizing, visiting us, and leaving great comments. I hope we all make the time to keep being creative every day, to make it a part of our daily lives.
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