Today marks the completion of another year of daily creative practice with my annual 365 project…. after being so curious what it would be like to take on this kind of challenge, I am so glad I embarked on one in 2013 on New Year’s Day…. Each year and creative undertaking since has graced me with something new to explore over the last 4 years… Towards the end of my first 365 project, I reflected on the discoveries and reminders it helped inspire.
I am re-visiting this list today to make some updates and to reflect more on honoring the lessons that continue to keep me committed to this important process:
1. I’m always amazed and astonished by the containment of small holding spaces in art making. Working within a small space has helped me make each 365 project manageable. Time and time again the power that this small space holds in its message, form, and process is awesome to witness.
2. Remember to slow down. This reminder is only one of the important lessons that my 365 projects has gifted me. Taking time out to stop and pause for a moment to work on the day’s image is so important. Sometimes it might feel like there’s no time or things are just so busy that taking this time seems impossible… but engaging in this process helps bring a grounding, focus, and presence that I have come to value and appreciate every day.
3. Appreciate each day. Each creative piece and image is an expression of gratitude for another day. It also allows me the opportunity to be thankful for the moment, which is important to recognize and not take for granted.
4. Trust the process. There are definitely some days that I have struggled to find time or don’t feel as connected to the image I have created in comparison to others, but at the end of the day it all works out. The process of creating everyday outweighs the emphasis on the product. Just like art therapy!
5. I really do have 20-30 minutes everyday to create. Probably one of the biggest surprises after 4 years of consecutive creating! It’s still true! Some days it may have been 10 minutes, sometimes longer than a half an hour, but there was always time within each of the 1460 days.
6. Community: It has been inspiring to connect to and support others working on their 365 projects or daily creative practice through social media… 🙂
2016 also brought a couple of opportunities to share my 365 projects, which I enjoyed contributing to:
- In the spring, I was interviewed by Australian Art Therapist Jade Herriman for her blog about last year’s and this year’s 365 projects.
- This summer Ohio’s Buckeye Art Therapy Association featured my 365 projects as part of their Featured Artist/Art Therapist interview series.
I thank everyone for their support and encouragement with this process over the last four years! It has definitely helped– ❤ I am looking forward to launching another 365 project for the new year ahead. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Happy creating in 2017- What are some of your creative goals to focus on in the next 12 months?