Art challenge recap, part deux
“Bird is the word” is today’s final 28 Feathered Friends art challenge prompt. Which leaves 72 days of The 100 Day Project and I’m uncertain what I’m going to do for the remainder of the time.
But, I’ve learned the answers to “What am I going to draw or create today?” appear as long as I don’t force it. The answers come where they will, not where I *will* it.
Some other things I experienced during this art challenge:
Showing up every day whether I felt like it or not, helped build my confidence. And sharing my work, whether I liked it or not, gave me accountability.
Some surprising things like The Secret Life of Birds showed up on the page. Some realistic drawings came out. Some not so good.
I listened to an interview on the Art Juice podcast with Gabriel Lipper and he talked 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 and agree wholeheartedly.
Having a daily prompt gave me the constraint I needed to focus and create. Parameters are conducive to creating.
Conversely, comparing my art to others is detrimental to my creativity. I love the quote by Jon Acuff, “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”
And last, creativity lies not in the done, but in the doing.
Let’s keep making art and see what happens.