On January 1, 2020, I challenged myself to…
Create one hour of art a day for 30 consecutive days.
Why? I hadn’t been in the studio for over a month, and the longer I stalled, the more excuses I invented to block me from starting.
It turned out that this simple goal was just what I needed to jump start my art practice. Creating for 30 consecutive days filled me with so much joy that I extended the challenge to 60 days.
Then Covid appeared, and now with so much more time on my hands, why not go for all 365?
So I did.
And here is what I learned along the way.
First, it is unrealistic to create EVERY day.
There were some days where I just didn’t have an hour to spare or the energy to create, so rather than let go of the challenge, I modified it to “create an AVERAGE of one hour a day”. After all, I invented the challenge to support my art process, so I was free to gently bend the “rules” so they truly served me.
The result? After 365 days of marking my calendar with how many hours I spent creating, I ended up with an average of 2 hours a day, a total of 744 hours in the studio. Wow! Not bad considering I had several weeks in a row where I did no art at all.
Second, I produce MUCH more art when consistently creating an hour+ a day, which eventually changed HOW I create as well.
By creating almost every day, I began to crank out art at twice my “normal” pace. Hence, as of day 365 (today!), I have created two collections, released one for sale, and am half done with two more. The picture in this post is from the second finished collection that will be released February 2021. Most importantly, I got much clearer about the type of art I want to create moving forward.
And in the middle of it all, I learned to let go and follow what I was being “told” to create in each moment, trusting my heart and higher power to guide the way. Now I’m creating from a place of deep connection, allowing the Universe to create through me, moment by precious moment.
This challenge worked so well in super charging my art practice, I’m starting all over again on January 1, 2021 with counting the hours I create each day.
Want to join me?
The results might surprise you as well!