Tomorrow a new year begins. Like everyone else, my life has ups and downs and uncertainties and from my current perspective 2018 looks more than usually uncertain and complicated, with several personal challenges on the horizon. However, I’m going to start two new creative challenges this January.
I’m giving Photo A Day another go. Last year I managed until some time in April. I was happy to find I’d given up and felt I benefited from the space I gained. However, as the year wore on I found I was taking fewer and fewer photos and that my life was feeling the poorer for it. I understand why/how this happened; much was to do with getting the balance of the year wrong and needing to work full time to restore my pottery stocks to something approaching normal and I was pleased to achieve this eventually. But where are the photos?
The other challenge is the 64million artists January challenge. This will apparently provide a short task every day during January, designed to kick-start one’s creativity. I’m not promising to do the task every day if it’s impractical but it struck me that 10 minutes or so each day should be achievable. This year started quite well with textiles work but my pottery work has been a matter of keeping stock levels and with nothing new. I also had lots of vague ideas about mixed media work but no time to explore them, though I am hoarding materials that come my way. This challenge is about creativity generally: drawing, writing, music, I don’t know what because I haven’t done it before, but it starts tomorrow.
Results of both challenges will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.