Create a new piece of art every day. Draw, sketch, paint, design, sculpt, write, photograph, film, or record something every day. It doesn't have to be great, it doesn't even have to be good- it just has to be a new piece you've expressed yourself with. It can be anything ranging from a simple doodle to a polished symphony, as long as it's new to that day. Don't worry, this isn't to impress anyone. Try different mediums, try different styles, and if you can't think of anything, scrawl on a bar napkin.
Simply create something new that you can keep a record of.

Why:

Much like February's challenge, let's try to explore ourselves a bit more. By making a daily habit of creating something new, you'll create a daily habit of removing yourselves from the stressors of your life. For a few minutes every day, you don't need to worry about bills, work responsibilities, or relationship woes. By creating one new thing every day, you'll have amassed a variety of skills and a body of work by the end of the month you may be suprised by.

Bonus points!

Take one of two paths:
Try a new medium every day. Not an artist? Maybe you just haven't found an artistic medium that speaks to you. There are literally hundreds of ways to create art, see if you can find something that tickles your fancy. Focus on one medium for the entire month. It's a common challenge in the art community to sketch something every day. Why? Because you'll get ridiculously good at drawing and conceptualizing shapes. Perhaps sticking with one method can help you hone a skill you've always wanted?

And while you're at it, see about sticking to the previous month's challenges! Can you use art as a way to build community and strengthen relationships with people met in January? Can you create art using February's skill? Can you take lessons at nearby studios discovered in March?

Resources:

Art Styles Explained - A remedial view of some new visual art styles you might want to try!
Blick Art Materials - A good online shop for pretty much any form of visual art medium you are looking to experiment with.
eHow.com: Recording Music at Home - A good place to start if you prefer audio
expression.
Worth1000 Contests - Stuck? How about entering a contest with some computer
generated art?
 

A Nervous Baby OctopusToday was the first time I’ve ever tried mixing colors with acrylics.  I learned a few things:

Painting is stupidly time-consuming.  Seriously, wouldn’t this have taken me like 10 minutes on a computer, instead of 3 hours with acrylics?

Painting is stupidly messy.  At work tomorrow, there will be questions as to whether or not I’m a six year old.  I’m pretty sure the amount of paint I applied to myself will not come off in the shower, no matter how many brillo pads I use.  And I typically use 3 or 4.

Blobs can be labelled as “octopii” with very little blowback from the octopus community.  Seriously, who’s gonna defend the species and declare the amorphous, though hopefully a little adorable, blob I just painted is not a proper octopus?  If it’s you, well let me deliver a pre-emptive bit of bribery.  Here’s a cookie.

Overall though, this offered exactly what I was hoping the project would-  an impetus to get over the anxiety of starting a piece using a medium I’m ostensibly poor at.  I’m actually pretty happy with the output.  Plus I got to use my ridiculous new magnifying glass!

Finishing Up a Painting

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