Thursday, December 27, 2018
Thinking about daily art 3
Well, you know I'm going to nag you about daily art, because it's that time of year. Although you can start a daily art project any time -- your birthday, the day after you retire, the fourth of July -- it's easy to do it on the first of the year. That's when I always start mine, and it makes it so much easier to label and remember my projects.
I have found daily art so rewarding in the almost-two decades I've been doing it that I encourage all my art pals to try it. The key to a successful project, I have found, it to make the rules fit your life. For instance, if you like to go backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, don't choose a project that requires a sewing machine every day. I've written a lot about how to set your rules -- you might want to read about that here and here.
But for those who are still skeptical about whether a daily art project is too daunting, too difficult, too scary, I have an idea for you. I'm going to do this mini-project in 2019 in addition to my more rigorous daily art (which I'll write about soon), so we can work together!
Like so many art projects, this one required a trip to the store. I bought 450 tiny ziplock bags, 1.5 x 2 inches, just big enough to put a little something in each day. And that's the plan: every day I will put a little something into a bag. I will mark it with the date (haven't decided yet how to do this, but I suspect it will involve my other new toy, purchased last month, a six-digit rubber stamp).
I can see how a project like this could involve more rules. For instance, I could have to actually make the something (a little drawing? a little fabric doodad? a sculpey clay figure?). Or I could have to find it on the street (thus forcing myself to take walks) or cut it out of the newspaper (a little photo? a memorable phrase?) or find it among my junk drawers, button boxes and random piles of stuff. If I had bought the next-larger size of bag, 2 x 3 inches, it would open even more possibilities.
But for now I think I'll have very few rules and see what happens.
I invite you to join me in this adventure!