Thursday, January 25, 2018
Daily art report 1
Three weeks into my new daily art project, it's time for a first report. I have to say, I'm feeling kind of off-balance about this project. I always expect that at the start of a year, no matter how the project is defined, but this year seems worse than usual. My project is to do something with a map every day, but with no strictures on what that "something" might entail.
One of my great joys in doing daily art is watching the work accumulate -- the pile gets higher, the stitched areas get bigger, the sketchbook fills up, there's a new blog post every day or every week. But because of the way I defined the project this year, that's not happening with the regularity I've grown to expect and like.
In the first 24 days, I've worked on a 3-D assemblage, two different collages, a stitched piece and a large drawn map. I've drawn in one sketchbook 10 times and in a second book once. I've spent several days on the computer, getting Google maps for two different projects printed out to the proper scale and pasted together.
Every night I write down what I did in my master calendar, the only place where everything is recorded. But the various things that I have made or worked on are scattered around in the studio or the office or the dining room table or the backseat of the car (because I had to take my Odyssey map to show off at book club). That makes me feel a bit uncertain.
Also, so far I haven't made a single post to my Daily Art blog, where I usually document everything I do, because I haven't figured out how I want to treat work in progress. I guess the best way is to wait till it's finished and then photograph it, whatever it is. And meanwhile, I'd better develop a place to put the completed work, or at least a list of where I've stashed it, considering that pieces will be of different sizes, shapes and natures and won't fit comfortably into a single box.
I knew this project was going to stretch my comfort zone, but I didn't know I would feel this nervous about the bureaucratic part of the task. I feel pretty good about the artistic part, so I suppose my best plan is to start taking pictures and showing you whatever I can about what I'm making and talk about what I've learned. I'll do that in several posts coming up.