It seems that in the last several years, the concept of creative types setting a time-limited challenge for themselves to get some work done has become more and more popular. For writers, the 3-Day Novel Contest and NaNoWriMo come immediately to mind as the earliest examples I can think of. I’ve attempted the gruelling 3-Day Novel Contest once, and completed NaNoWriMo successfully once – and a single print edition of my NaNoNovel “The Secrets of Marian C.” sits on my bookshelf as proof :-).
Similar concepts have invaded the world of visual art as well, with Daily Painting and Daily Sketching groups or challenges everywhere you look. They are all well-intentioned, with the ultimate goal of getting the work done and eliminating excuses procrastinators like me often use to avoid the writing or the drawing or the painting. And a lot of writers and artists benefit from the challenge. I’ve been daunted by the idea of doing a painting a day, or even a simple sketch a day, but I like the idea of the challenge.
So, I’ve given myself a couple of art challenges for 2016: first, a painting a week and second, a sketch a day (or more likely every other day). I need to be as forgiving to myself as I would be to anyone else: “If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up! Carry on, do one the next day, it’s not the end of the world! Just don’t give up and you’ll be fine.”
So far I have been on target with my paintings, and here are the three I’ve completed for the first three weeks of January. (I’ve been posting my sketches on my Facebook page, and won’t post them again here.)
And that’s it for now. Cheers!