30 Days of Doodling Nothin' for No-one
I decided to drawing a day for the month of September (minus the 1st, because, I'm always late).
The only rule I set was that I had to draw every day. No size, theme or medium rules. (Well, ink, charcoal or graphite should be involved...but I'm open minded even to that.) Only 10 days in, I have found myself hunched over a notepad at midnight trying to finish my piece, with around a 0% desire to do it. Twice. Funny how something I love can be so challenging to make time for.
So far, a lot of 'meh' work, but the doodling gears are rusty and I think practicing self-discipline is a worthy waste of paper in itself. I have noticed I've spent more time analyzing lovely moments around me; thinking how to recreate a grassy pasture of cows or the light on my dog's ears is. I'm confident 30 days isn't long enough for me to feel masterful with a pencil, but I do think its a good way to build confidence in my ability to complete challenging things, increase my awareness of beautiful moments around me, and hold myself to a schedule when my life is so loosey-goosey. It certainly can't hurt my graphic designing...
If this goes well and I'm not burnt out on this whole 'fine arts' pursuit, I have ideas for some future 1 month challenges.
-30 mins a day of piano practice
-30 mins a day of pleasure reading (not on the internet!)
-maybe even a painting a day (that could be challenging but what fun!)
-10 mins a day of mobility work
-10 mins a day of meditation
I have done all of these regularly at different times, but never on a set month-long goal. Putting parameters on things like creativity and meditation may seem counter-intuitive, but setting a schedule for those can be freeing. It makes that self-progress/self-care time kinda mandatory, which is easy to cut out when you feel life calling you in many directions.
What daily practices are you holding yourself to? Which would you like to add for a month, just for fun? For you? It doesn't have to be amazing or grand. I could be very tiny & pleasurable even. Just think what child-you wishes you were doing right now & start there. I guess I'll add 'be a mad scientist astronaut artist who rides a white horse' to my 30 day challenges then.