On January 1, 2011, I set out on a journey to create at least one new work of art every day for the whole year and to record them on my website. It’s December 31, 2011 and mission accomplished. The video above shows all 365 pieces. If you want to see them a little closer go to http://www.amokarts.com/ayearinart.html. It has been a great year and I can honestly say I believe I have grown as an artist through the process. Now here are the questions that I ask and you may be asking as well.
Did you really do a piece of art every day?
No. For the most part, yes I did, but like everyone else there are days where busyness, fatigue set in. I have a job, a ministry and a family and some days my schedule got the better of me, however on other days the creativity was really flowing and I did a couple of pieces. Also some of the projects took much more than a day so I had multiple projects going at times. All 365 of these pieces were done between January 1 and December 31, 2011.
Am I happy with every piece I did here?
No, but by and large I see growth from beginning to end and I have learned a lot of new things and that was the main purpose.
Was every one of these pieces divinely inspired?
Many were, but all? Probably not. There were days where I’m sure I did something simply because needed a piece for the day. Consequently these are the pieces with which I am less pleased.
Will I be doing this again in 2012?
No, in 2012 I am starting something new. For some time now, I have been feeling led to really develop and grow my speaking/painting ministry and so my goal for 2012 is to do something each day to advance the Kingdom of God and work toward the speaking/painting ministry goal. More on this tomorrow, Lord willing.
What did you learn?
Doing a unique and different piece of art every day for a year is somewhat unrealistic. Unless you have nothing else to do, it will mess with your priorities as it did with mine. I ended up some days just doing a piece to get one done which is not a great reason to do art or anything else. On the other hand, disciplining myself to create each day was helpful. I did grow as an artist over the year and learned many new techniques which I will no doubt carry into the future, Lord willing.
I learned something of my own creative process. When a new project comes to mind, creating a logo for it or a graphic for it tends to make it real for me. Giving a concept a physical representation early in the process tends to help me focus on it. You’ll see several logos in the video. Some of them didn’t pass the “reality test.” Others are at varying positions in the launch cue. Getting ideas down on paper helps me not to lose them.
Also I was able to help several friends and ministries with graphics this year and a few of these projects opened doors to more ministry. I didn’t do them for the sake of opening doors, I did them for the Kingdom and God blessed it. This is a key, serve he Lord faithfully and trust Him with the blessing. Also I learned of new venues for my work, like IllustrationFriday.com doing projects on there helped me to meet some friends outside my usual circle and it challenged me to create work that communicates the Gospel. This was very beneficial in connecting my work with my faith.
Lastly, seeking God for a project every day did help me to learn to hear from God. I wish I could say I did this perfectly but of course I didn’t. I have some regrets from this year and I wonder how may times this project took me off task, but on the other hand, seeing a project like this through to completion was a wonderful blessing in itself. All in all it was a great year in a lot of ways and I am glad you in the tribe have shared this journey with me. I look forward to seeing what God does with 2012.