My daily art project for this year is going to be called "calligraphy" (literally, beautiful writing). I can cite three important reasons for this decision.
First, for many years I have been influenced by Laurie Doctor, a wonderful teacher whom I have studied with several times (look here and here for posts about her). Every time I think about what I learned from her I'm inspired.
Second, my dear friend Uta gave me a book about a year ago called Schriftspiele: Experimentelle Calligraphie. I've looked at it a lot but never sat down to emulate and learn from it. It's in German, so I'll have to brush up on my vocabulary if I want to read the text, but even without the explanation, what the artist (Denise Lach) is doing with her calligraphy is wonderful.
Third, my art pal Bette told me a couple of months ago about an artist from Iran, Golnaz Fathi, who does calligraphic art. The minute I saw her work I knew exactly what to do for daily art in 2019!
And that is: I want to write/draw/mark with ink in a sketchbook. Sometimes it will resemble writing but it won't always be readable or legible. I might want to use pens as well as brushes. I might want to use paint as well as ink. I might want to draw lines that don't contain letters. But I hope that over time the daily sketches/drawings/writings/marks will start to develop their own cohesive character.
As Justice Potter Stewart famously said about obscenity, "I can't define it but I know it when I see it!" That's what I say about my daily art intentions. You gotta have a label, though, and calligraphy may be as close as I can get.
I'll keep you posted on what I come up with.