This 28 Feathered Friends art challenge ends soon. I’ll share some things I learned this month.
Showing up every day whether I felt like it or not, helped build my confidence.
Sharing my work, whether I liked it or not, gave me accountability and also a boost of confidence.
Not every thing I created was good but I recently heard Gabriel Lipper in an interview on the Art Juice Podcast talk about the Rule of 7s. If you do seven sketches, at least one of them is going to teach you something. And probably true with paintings too. We can’t land them all. There’s always a standout. One of the seven will certainly be better than the other six.
I like this concept very much.
I found, much to my surprise, there are some bird characters living in my imagination that lead a secret life and decided to make themselves known in my daily drawings.
Comparing my art to others is detrimental to my creativity.
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. — Jon Acuff
Having a daily prompt gave me the constraint I needed to focus. I’m feeling a little uncertain about what I’m going to do for the remainder of the 100 days.
Along that same thought, I’ve found the answers to “What am I going to draw today?” come as long as I don’t force it. Let the answers come where they will, not where I *will* it.
And last, creativity lies not in the done, but in the doing.
Keep making art and see what you learn. Onward.
Note: Proud as a peacock was the prompt for today. I was on the road and had very little time but I eked out a quick sketch. Not my favorite, but I did it anyway, and that feels good.
Addendum, February 25: Show up consistently behind the pen, the brush, or the lens and magic will happen.