Make Art Every Day

Business Time  / watercolor / July 2016

Business Time / watercolor / July 2016

This month I thought I'd try something new — make art every single day. In a typical week I usually draw or paint after work on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and then again on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Twice a week isn't bad, but ever since I started this blog I've been wanting to get myself into the habit of making art continuously. So this month I'm putting my art first, and everything else can just hold off until I've taken my daily dose of creativity.

Well, at least that was my attitude on July 1.

Picture this: it was the start of the holiday weekend. I got to sleep in, eat a leisurely breakfast, start a new novel, and spend the morning thinking about what I wanted to paint. I had already made the decision to try one of those daily Instagram prompts to keep me on my toes (I can't disappoint the prompt!) so I painted a kick ass dinosaur. Awesome! This daily thing is definitely going to be a huge success!

Voodoo Magic  / ink / July 2016

Voodoo Magic / ink / July 2016

Saturday is even better. I've even got time to try out a completely new medium for me – India ink. It's messy as hell, but I love how this turned out and it's something I'm looking forward to playing around more with.

Now it's Sunday evening and I have to go back to work. I won't get home tomorrow until 8 pm because I go to the gym on Mondays. Tuesday night I have a house guest. On Thursday I have my night class...see where this is going? And next week isn't any better, or the next even. In fact, it gets busier — I have a freelance project starting in two weeks, and at the end of the month my parents are in town. Part of me is really regretting choosing the busy month of July to start this dumb quest. 

But if not now, then when? And yes it's going to be a challenging pain in the ass, but whose to say August, September, or any other month would be any easier? 

This blog is called The Artist by Night because that was exactly when I would make things, but I'm hoping this challenge pushes me to make art at any time of the day. Why not on my lunch break, on the bus ride to work, or try getting up a half hour earlier to paint before work (yeah, probably not that last one – mornings can kiss my ass.) Okay, so even though no time is the right time, I'm going to make this work.

In the words of my hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, "For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."

Arnold Schwarzenegger / watercolor / 2016 / The Artist By Night