It’s not everyday that I get to be asked for an interview by one of my favorite artists and creative advocates! Carrie Hanna of ArtistStrong recently interviewed me about my thoughts on creativity, my inspirations and how I work as an artist. Carrie has built a career of not only creating wonderful artwork but also championing and helping other artists!
Okay, I know when you read that heading, you scratched your head and said, “yeah right, a DAILY practice? You are out of your mind.” I might be, but I bet I’m not.
As a busy professional, it is has not been easy for me to keep up with my own creative practice. At times, I would longingly look to my studio space and feel guilty for neglecting it…after all that is what it is there for right?
How could I possibly fit one more thing in a day that is packed with meetings, appointments, social activities, gym work outs, family, pet duties…the list goes on and on….art will be there when it all “settles” down. The sad thing is…you and I both know that it doesn’t tend to settle down (if you are anything like me, it tends to revive up even more!).
One way I found that has been very helpful for me is online creative challenges. This keeps my mojo flowing, allows me to experiment with different mediums and at I would not normally focus on in my own art practice. A few years back, I started with Art Everyday Month, a 30 day challenge started by artist Leah Kolidasthat occurs every November that encourages you to create something, anything, related to a daily prompt. If you scroll through this blog, you will see some of the creations I made with this challenge.
One that I started last year (unfortunately did not finish) was Spectrum facilitated by Hali Karla Arts which not only challenges you to create on a regular basis, but you get to “sample” a variety of artists from across the country in various modules focusing on self development. I have benefitted greatly from these kinds of challenges because I explore who I am and new mediums in the process.
HeArt Space facilitated by art therapist, Kate Leppard is another one of my favorites. It is an ongoing creative challenge with different topics each month to spur your artistic practice.
The additional benefit is that most of these challenges create community….a commnity of like-minded artists and creatives that are working through the challenge with you. I have made many friends and colleagues through the process since all of them include a private Facebook group to show your work or even at times vent about your creative process.
There are virtually 30-day or daily practice challenge in just about every creative field, whether it is writing, poetry, culinary arts, etc. you name it. A google search on any of these topics with “daily challenge” or 30 day challenge will open you to a world of other creatives and can help jump start your practice. There is nothing like seeing how others are juggling careers, kids, etc. and posting every day of their progress with a challenge. If they can do it, you can too!
Lately, I felt that I needed to do a daily practice around the topic of gratitude. I was bringing more attention to what others were doing and my challenges and I felt I needed to ground myself on all the magic Sharon has going on her own life and celebrate it. I started off considering a written journal of the 3-5 things I was grateful for each day….however, I wasn’t motivated to write anything or would forget. Enter the 30 Days of Creative Gratitude Challenge (my journal cover above).
Artist, Priscilla George has this 30 day creative challenge complete with the Facebook Group and daily prompts focusing us to concentrate on things we take for granted as subjects for our art journaling practice. I don’t do every prompt every day, but I do find that I am creating space not only for my art practice but to focus on the prompts as a way to feel gratitude for the everyday things that matter.
What creative challenges have your tried? How have they enriched your creative life?