Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year. Welcome to day 28.
This morning I’m reminded that life is more habit and discipline than flow. That anything we force into a routine, no matter how elevated the purpose, becomes tedious or difficult on some level at some point in time. Today, my sinuses still ache and I’m already intellectually spent from two demanding days at work. The bed was warm and I was comfortable at 6am. Getting up to face the day did not feel like an exercise in creativity, but a time worn drill. I had no inspiring thoughts about an artistic subject and many excuses for waiting until later…BUT, the act of beginning changed all of that.
Like a writer with a mental block, I found my smallest sketchbook…focused on my coffee cup and looked for a setting with good light contrast…and began. Bit by bit, I started losing myself in the problem solving, the creative decisions, the questions of scope. As I came closer to finishing, I had a new sense of empowerment for having done it and new artistic insights. When people ask why I would undertake a yearlong commitment, these are the small accomplishments that I hope to achieve. These are the tiny ways I change myself every day.