There is something to be said about a good warm-up. In life, it is often after this messy, naive, adventurous try that a little something clicks and one feels more organized and confident in a second go. It could also be that one realizes the unpleasant truth that any attempt to chart new personal territory will, at times, result in a shit-show.
I wish I had snapped a picture of the first rendition of a recently completed painting. I wadded it up and deposited it in the bin before it had a chance to linger. Sometimes the first attempt can be saved with a rework, and other times it simply waters a humble spirit.
On day one of 2016, I began my first #yearlongproject. I knew a few reasons why I wanted to do it. For one, I had set down my drawing pencils for far too long. Secondly, I had witnessed the changes that consistent strides can make. In 2014 I ran my first half-marathon and found that sticking to the program could result in achieving a goal that at first seemed preposterous for my more-turtle-than-hare self. In 2015 I ran another, this time without training consistently. As you might assume, 2015 didn’t go quite so well.
A professor I am studying under recently introduced this quote to my classmates and I:
“A small daily task, if it really be daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
Anthony Trollope said this, and while I don’t know much about this man, I have respect for him for so eloquently and efficiently putting my experience into words.
I have, after some deliberation that I am still not sure can be trusted, decided to begin my #yearlongproject again here. Today I will be posting a few of the first 26 drawings as an introduction to the project. I debated if I should include them, but they were the first teetering steps in the journey, so here they are only as a reference.
From here I will be creating 365 new drawings. These drawings will be done in any medium I find exciting when I belly up to my paper or canvas, including things like pencil, paint, charcoal, or grass stains and crayons. 😉 Some will only be a momentary sketch while others might be more detailed works. I’m not promising that the work will be great; I am just promising that I am going to do it.
As we like to say in Pittsburgh, PA – Here We Go!