I hardly ever declare resolutions, but I think this is going to be a good one for me.
My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to be actively art making for two hours a day for a minimum of five days a week. Call it my new practice.
I thought I’d take the resolution for a spin two days before the new year, just to see what I would be getting myself into, and here is what I came up with:
Not as far as I wanted to get, but it’s still progress.
I have to say... I’ve already come up against a couple of challenges that are going to be so good for my growth in the new year, given that I stick to my resolution of course.
Right before sitting down to work, I suddenly had the urge to do all these other things, like making food or going to the bathroom or having to organize my desk before I got started. And in reality, none of those would have helped or hindered my process of art making today.
It’s really interesting to see what comes up when you dedicate yourself to a practice. It’s called “dedication” and “practice” for a reason, for dedication is required as other things will come up and tempt you into thinking they’re more important than what you actually want to do. Only by practicing does your will to return to the said thing become stronger and stronger, and the only way your skills or efficiency can develop.
This is true for any craft, discipline, or dedication.
For me, it's my art. Excited to see what 2018 brings!