Inspired by the importance of living creatively and whole heartedly, not perfectly, on March 8th I started a 100 Day Art Challenge. I assigned myself to work on a design and blog for a minimum of one hour a day and post the process, in a transparent way. I began to design into my blog topics, a Book of Opposites icons and whatever else came up, inspiration wise. I allowed myself to decide later what art to use, and what art to develop more for my memoir - my next creative project, which I’ll keep track on my Blog ….
What I learned during these 100 days I’m slowly tuning into … That I said I was going to do something and I did it. I said how long it would take me and I did that. I only stopped a few times to rest. I learned how amazing it was to do design work for myself, for the first time ever. To just play outside the framework of client relationships. At first I found myself being MORE critical than I would be if I were designing for a client. At some point I relaxed into the love of it, and even the discomfort of it … If I want other people to be more Real, then I have to be too.
I also loved how easily this work came, how productive I was able to be, and how FUN it was to have this, morning noon and night. I loved especially the days when in a half a day I would miraculously come up with many days worth of art challenge … I loved that at night time I would dream images and in the morning I would sketch them and design into them. I loved posting them and almost instantly get flooded with supporters on Instagram.Finally a real connection happening through social media! I love all the support I got about both the art and the idea of 100 days …. I want to and will carry this kind of pure creativity into ….. well, the rest of my life, really. The biggest kernel of goodness that I found is that I can always do this kind of pure creativity, to have it come from within …. for always ….
Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in her book The Big Magic (which I finally finished), of one of the most important playwrights in this time, who went through years of despair after one play wasn’t a success. He spent years painting his children’s and their friends bicycles some crazy star pattern. I stared hard at the page when Liz wrote that this a healing time for him. And so not to get incredibly squishy on you but that’s what all this has been about for me. A really really really good healing time. From everything, not just the last five years. This art challenge was a meditative creativity that reconnected me with me, and with designing, and allowed me to process the hardest thing of all, to own my path and paths, enough to create SUCH a logo.
Will I start a new page on my website and call it 180-Day-Anne-Memoir? Six months until the end of the year and that’s my goal. Why not take something out of healing mode and really MAKE it into something. The exciting part about a printed book for me is that I get to be more honest and more creative. Don’t ask me to explain this, but I have delicious thoughts which I edit down by the time I get here, but somehow I think in a book, there is more spaciousness …
Another thing that made me love this Art challenge and knowing that I want to keep going, is that I mentioned to G today that starting January - after the memoir :)- I want to design my own cookbook. And maybe I can design into my Photography and have that be a different thing? In any case the most important thing is to keep the creativity going. There is very little that is as life-giving …. Maybe fresh cherries ….