As a way to push myself to do more art, and to share/engage about this work with more people this year, I have decided to do a daily drawing project.
The idea is to create one drawing, by adding to it daily for 365 days. The finished drawing will be 35-5/16” x 57-1/8” (2017 square inches… for my 2017 daily drawing project because I’m openly that much of a nerd…). I will be posting pictures of progress at least once a week. There will be days when I cannot draw directly onto the original paper due to travel—these days I will still work on the drawing in ways that will either be collaged in or transferred onto the primary paper by some other means. The important part to me being that I make marks daily towards the completion of this drawing.
I am not going to commit to any particular image or theme, as part of what I hope is for this exercise to push me to let go of my need for control and to follow inspiration wherever it takes me.
In that spirit, when the image/memory that came to me on the eve of beginning was of holding frog eggs when I was a kid, I went with it… I did a quick search of the meaning of frogs/frog eggs and found that frogs are “a reminder of common bonds with all life, singer of songs that celebrate the most ancient watery beginnings, transformation, cleansing, understanding emotions, rebirth, healing, water energy… Similarly, frog’s medicine can wash away any negative physical and mental energies which deny us a balanced and peaceful life... They also help to nourish our own innate ability to heal ourselves on all levels” (at least according to http://www.shamanicjourney.com/frog-power-animal-symbol-of-…). That all sounded like a pretty good place to start, so I started today by taking on the challenge of drawing frog eggs… translucent, gooey, seemingly hovering in space…
Here’s to new projects, new adventures, and more conversations about art in 2017.
Happy New Year!