Art is Life
Updated: May 17, 2020
Create art in short bursts, allowing yourself time to rest and recover in between.
There are so many things to be anxious and worried about right now. I am #HighRiskCovid19 with multiple risks. Walking outside the house puts me on edge and afraid. So I have worked to keep myself challenged and busy by working through a #QuarantineArtChallenge with my dear friend Jed Finley, a fellow spondylitis patient who loves art. We take turns picking the prompt and give each other a few days to create our interpretation.
“The number one lesson about creating anything, whether it is art or writing or crocheting or weaving or woodwork is - never compare yourself to other people.”
Because there is so much to be anxious about and we are trying not to overwhelm ourselves with difficult content, we choose light and fun prompts like space. Space was the prompt for this art piece. My boo told me about the sombrero galaxy and how astronomers had these amazing pictures of it. So I looked it up and was immediately hooked. It glowed and it illuminated the sky around it in a true sombrero shape.
I didn't create this piece all at once. It took me two sessions to work out the details, the glow and the design.
Create in Micro Bursts
I have been creating art for about 20 years now. It has taken me time and practice to get to where I am. Every year I participate in the #Inktober challenge to up my ink skills and increase my ability to sketch on the fly. Inktober is a yearly art challenge created by Jake Parker. Jake uses it as a way to challenge himself for 31 days straight. Each day has a new prompt and he spends a short amount of time creating a piece for that prompt. This challenge is huge in the art world every year. You can search the hashtag to find all types of pieces, skill levels, and themes. Jake puts out a set of themes every year but there is also #Drawloween, Halloween themed challenges like the witches prompt and more. So this #QuarantineArtChallenge is just like Inktober. It is a way to increase my skills and push myself in this time of stress and anxiety.
The number one lesson about creating anything, whether it is art or writing or crocheting or weaving or woodwork is - never compare yourself to other people. Art allows you to create based on your point of view. There is no right or wrong. The most important thing is to practice. Set aside a little bit of time each day to practice your craft if you are able. If not, try to schedule a day or a few days when you think you can steal some time to be creative. As a person with multiple disabilities, I know what it is like to pace myself. I don't create for hours at a time any more. I try to create for about 30 minutes at a time at the most. I stop when my hands are tired and when my brain is tired. I listen to what my body tells me.
If you listen to your body, pace yourself, and allow yourself to make mistakes then you will see progress in your work. One piece, one sketch, one work at a time.