I have long admired those artist who publicly take up ‘100 days’ challenges or ’52 week’ challenges. Committing to do something, whether it is making a text collage (as per Kathleen Loomis), making a finished small work of art everyday (as per Lisa Call) or only wearing clothes you have made for a full year (as per Maria Shell) is rather brave. It is also a great way of motivating yourself. A bit like declaring to the world that you’re going on a diet or going to run a marathan.
Now some people who know me would say that I am pretty motivated / committed to making art. I set myself a target of spending 20 hours each week in the studio based on spending 2 hours each week day evening and 10 hours spread over the weekend. But when I spent some time recently assessing what I had, and had not achieved, over the last six months I realised that I am slacking during the week. I also realised that I had only finished one large piece of work during that 6 months and that I needed to be more productive if I am going to complete everything I want to over the coming 12 – 18 months.
So after much thought I have decided to declare to everybody who reads this that I am going to do the following starting tomorrow:
- Spend a minimum of 2 hours in the studio every week day evening.
- Spend those evenings creating small works of art only.
- Complete at least one piece per week.
- Post a photo everyday.
- If the day job / family mean I miss an evening I will make up the hours within that week.
- Spend my weekends doing ‘admin’, printing cloth and working on large scale pieces.
Here goes ……