Commitment and Habits
Added to the mix in recent days is the #inktober drawing challenge. Each morning, I respond to a prompt supplied by the @octobertoks profile on Instagram, and draw something. I chose to do my drawings using 6-inch by 6-inch squares of cardboard and my favourite OptiFlow Staples pens. I've also chosen to add splashes of colour at the very end of each one.
I look at my prompt, turn on some relaxing music, and spend the first hour of my day creating something that has no other purpose than to join a community of artists doing the same activity here in Okotoks and around the world. I love this kind of activity as it is daily and time bound. In this case, it is a 31-day commitment.
At the end of October, I will have a very interesting collection of re-imagined squares of cardboard that I am gluing to a larger sheet as I go along.
Making creative commitments has served me so well over the years. Through the setting of goals and by taking on creative commitments, I have been able to build up a body of work that has eclipsed 1,200 paintings in just over 5 years.