A Month in the Life, January

Here is my first monthly update on the 365 project.

First off, I survived. Which is always a good way to start. There were nights where I was fully prepared to fall into the deep sleep, and realized I had not yet posted something. There were other days where I posted several things before noon. But I did make each day of January (well, minus the first few where I had not yet decided to start, but I made up for them throughout the month)

There was a bit of a range, tweets, photos, drawings. I wrote in my journal; I posted on my blog; I played violin; I danced.

So what did we get? A pink elephant seems to take the prize of the month. I purchased SketchBook Pro for the Macintosh, as well as Sketchbook Mobile for my phone and have enjoyed doodling. Who knows, by the end of the year I may be good at drawing. As of now, I am still at the “display on my mother’s fridge” level.

Oh, and the train is on my mother’s fridge.

I have worked on poems too, but I find them still hidden away. There will be another post about this once I collect all of my thoughts. Also on some stories, but that is part of something you’ll seen soon enough. Rules for a Godzilla Movie was one of my favorite posts in a while. Somedays, however, it was a struggle to find even those 140 characters to post.

I suspect that at some point this project has a danger of slipping from ‘art project’ to ‘work’ and I will fight that. This is about habit, not repetition. This is about behavior and passion, not ‘forcing’ or ‘bribing’. I do this because I love it.

Ok, February, let’s see what you have.

As always, follow the 365 project here : http://jacobhaddon.com/blog/art365/

A Year in the Life

Some friends of mine are doing a 365 day art project. Create something every day for a year and post it online. the idea being that you are thinking of and then creating art every day for a year.

And I can think of a thousand reasons why I shouldn’t do this. But one that is why I should: I want to. So I am in. I suspect that in the end my number will not be 365, but I am ok with that. The thought, the intention is to set aside time for what I love, drawing, writing, pictures, whatever, each and every day.

The hope I have is that the creation habits I have now will become even better and I will get a few new ones along the way.

What will you get out of me? Who knows. I’ll be posting pictures on flickr, random lines and such on twitter, longer things here. I plan to do a monthly summary post here about what I have done, but again, I’d not be surprised if I didn’t have 12 of such entries. Not everything will find itself online, a story or poem may live in a notebook rather than the web, but I’ll at least tease you with the title.

I will not be punishing myself for missing days, but that is under a single caveat: I am not backing out either.

So this is how 2011 is going to be.