As part of my BFA program course load I am supposed to create a one year project and as much as I've battled over what I would do for an entire year that would stretch my creative muscles while allowing me to continue to teach, write & exhibit, I considered the idea of:
~ a sketch-a-day (I used to post about daily 6x8 oil paintings when I began a previous blog five years ago)
~ creating weekly mixed-media work based on poetry
~ posting an online journal entry for the entire 365 days
~ sharing photos of the sketches and notes from my personal journal every day
~ creating a monthly three-dimensional object (carving or clay)
But these ideas gave me anxiety rather than feeding into what I do now. So, when I stopped thinking about it all, yesterday on New Year's Day a vision of combining the work I've been doing over the past few years came into my mind, and thus I have decided to create 52 paintings, one a week for an entire year. I didn't want to limit the subject matter or media but wanted to create a body of work on the same size and shape of substrate - my favorite is stretched canvas - and when I looked at what was available to me I stumbled on these 7x14 inch canvases which was extremely appealing. And I have decided to incorporate spackle, one of my favorite texuring mediums which I wrote about in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine last fall.
So, over the next 52 WEEKS I plan to create a painting a week, sharing my process and inspiration. And I know that I will need encouragement and accountability along the way so please feel free to email, message me on facebook, or leave comments ~ and keep in mind that I still love snail mail, too ;). Here's to an abundant & creative New Year!
1/2/2013 10:39:26 pm
Thanks Trish - I'm a little nervous about putting it out there, but I feel this will definitely keep me accountable. ;)
1/2/2013 09:11:50 am
I can't wait to see them =)
1/2/2013 10:41:43 pm
I'm giving myself until Monday each week, so this first piece will just HAVE to be done by then. Unfortunately, though I do work prolifically, I still need to create deadlines otherwise I begin too many projects without following them through.
1/2/2013 10:43:53 am
Found you at SouLodge....I'm sending support!
1/2/2013 10:42:45 pm
Thank you Laura...I'll be needing as much support as I can get - not only scary to commit to a weekly project but to do it publicly...yikes!
1/2/2013 11:50:10 pm
I love projects of this sort. I'm doing a similar one. I'm altering a playing card, 1 card a week. 52 weeks; 52 cards. It will be fun to check in with someone keeping the same pace. :-)
1/2/2013 11:52:05 pm
And also found you at SouLodge. Aho sister :-)
1/3/2013 12:21:45 am
That's exciting Heather! We'll have to keep in touch.
1/25/2013 11:56:01 pm
Found you on the new Art Blog Directory on The Altered Page, and really love your work! Good luck with the 52 Weeks plan--I look forward to seeing your progress. I've thought about doing something similar...you may have inspired me to actually follow through with the thought :)
1/31/2013 08:34:57 am
Oh I hope you do Cat! Please let me know...
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