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January 5, 2010

2010 in the art box

So I mentioned that I wanted to do more drawing and painting this year, this is how I hope to achieve that:

Do one drawing/sketch per day, to be collected in a Blurb book at the end of the year. I hope by having an actual purpose at the end, that will help me keep at it. Otherwise it would be too easy to skip a day (or two, or a week). It is important not to break the chain!

In a similar project I am also going to take photos every day, so I can make another book with those at the end of the year.

To help me stay on track with these two projects, I have set up a Google spreadsheet, so I can have a visual 'proof' of the (hopefully!) unbroken chains. Apart from the actual drawings and photos, of course.

Originally, I meant to have monthly themes for the drawings and the photos, but I have scrapped that. It is too restrictive. Although, sometimes restrictions can release some very creative results. That's not to say that I won't follow a theme if one tickles my fancy. But especially where the photos are concerned, I want to see if any recurring images or themes appear through the course of the year.

I aim to finish at least one painting a month. Big or small is not so important, what is important is that they are Finished.

I hope this will be a year of committing to art more than I have before. And so , although the  drawings/photos/paintings are a result in themselves, what is even more important is the process of doing it. I hope that makes sense...

Maybe some/one of you would like to do a similar year-long project? I'd love to have a 'buddy' to help me stay accountable! ;-)


  1. Hi Carina!
    I have read your lovely blog for a wee while now (I love your tutorials!) but not sure if I have commented before...so now I am coming out of hiding to say hello!
    I am looking forward to reading about your year of painting, drawing and photography! I did something similar last year, committing to be creative every single day, it really changed my outlook more than I could have imagined.
    Good luck with your year-long project, I will be back to read all about it!

  2. I'm on board for the photos! So far, I have taken pictures every day. I'm guessing that yours are going to be artistic and beautiful, well thought out photographs. although I cannot promise that, I will at least take one snapshot. If there is not anything going on (probably alot) I will try to be more artistic and creative! Deal?

  3. I think that sounds like a fantastic idea. I keep coming up with grand plans of all the art/embroidery/ sewing I plan to do this year. But then my husband sees my (impressive 2 page list) and gently reminds me that I am seven months pregnant and maybe our daughter should be above embroidery on my list:) I can't wait to see what you come up with Carina! I always have to see what your up to as soon as my google reader tells me you've done something new!!!!

  4. Oooh what a really great idea! I'd like to commit but I doubt I'll be able to - although it doesn't take 2 seconds to snap a photo! Perhaps I'll do a photo a day of my desk, or my bed, or the cat!

  5. Hello there. I love reading your blog, and I think that you have a great idea here - to collect your sketches and print them in a blurb book.

    I tried to do a "365" project last year - it started out very restrictive and rigid. I liked that as it forced me to produce a lot of art that I wouldn't have made otherwise. It also made me use my brain. However, the project evolved after I had my 3rd baby.

    Anyway - all of that being said, I'm up for doing daily sketches. :)


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