“Devotion is diligence without assurance.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
Today marks the first of the last eight days to go until the new year of, practicing and making art for fifteen minutes, every single day. A year ago, about the same day as today, I am awaiting for the Art Everyday Month to commence. I have discovered the challenge in 2012. But never did I made it to create art everyday, the way I thought what art was, even in 2013. What I mean by, ‘the way I thought what art was,’ is visual art. As in painting or making crafts. Never did I recognize that working as a landscape architect by day is creative right? And it is considered an art in a different form. However, that is another story.
Anyways, back to Art Everyday Month.
And because this challenge just calls on to me, I thought of a way on how can I make it through the whole month of November. I thought, what can I do to make it work? What are the reasons why I was not able to make it in 2012 and 2013? Am I getting so hard on myself? The answer is yes. And a few more:
– I found so many reasons not to create; a.k.a. limiting beliefs. I don’t have this, I don’t have that thinking.
– I want perfect art. Beautiful art. Right away. Perfection thinking.
– I am too scared to follow the whispers. My inner voice. Wise self speaking.
– What about the time? Do I have time?
– and more
The root of it all is fear. In the form of resistance. With fear comes so many reasons not to create. To hide. To be busy. To ignore the calling. To suppress the inner child.
The whole time this was what I know for sure: I want to make art. I want to make things. I want to paint again. And for the rest of my life.
Then a little voice said, “Then YOU have to do something about it. DO SOMETHING about it.”
Finally, I listened. I did not only listened. I took action. I took time to think about it. I took time to understand it. I end up not fully understanding it. But I got a plan.
I need to MAKE TIME and create even a LITTLE SPACE for this practice. No more reasoning. Just do it.
And so I did.
In October 2014, I’d say even earlier that year, I know painting ‘girlies’ sang to me. I started with that idea until the ‘faces’ concept appeared. Given that I am working full time, and the long commute going to and from the day job, I thought of timing the practice. I thought, if the traffic gone really wild going home; if I have to be somewhere after work; if I have to travel, how much time can I give(gift) myself to create and make art? what is the most possible length of time that is not too long or too short to insert in any given time or place or situation?
Therefore, 15 Minutes Faces was born.
#15MinutesFaces on Instagram.
Yes, I did not only committed to create everyday. I even challenged myself to post my work; to show my work on Instagram for the whole month of November.
I did it.
I did it.
I did it.
And still working on it until today. Tonight.
The artwork above is the first of the last eight faces I will be painting or drawing until the AEDM 2015. This was painted just awhile ago with photo reference. With lots of permission to play and not to paint or paint exactly what was in the photo reference. I just love this idea! Which I started last night.
Visit this page and join in the fun and know more about Art Everyday Month hosted by dear Leah Piken.