I got home from DJing an event last night and wasn't in a good mood. I got distracted and totally forgot to write a blog post before bed.
It's hard to see the pencil lines but I wanted to show my progress on the piece I call Hearts & Stars & Hearts & Stars... I drew this a couple years ago and it had a 2 inch blank border around the edges which I'm now filling up. A few days ago I started adding more hearts & stars starting from the middle of the left side (in the pic) and tonight I wrapped around the bottom right corner. Once again, it's hard to see.
The reason I worked on this piece tonight, and this has happened a few times now, was because of this daily blog. Instead of trying to think of something to write about I can just post progress pics of my work. It's easier for me to draw than to write.
I came home from painting at my brother's studio last night and never took my laptop out of my backpack. I showered cuz my feet stank then watched a couple episodes of Lost In Space on Netflix then went mimis. I realized I forgot my blog post this morning while on the toilet.
Shit! I forgot to write a blog post last night. I went to go see the new Star Wars movie and totally forgot. I think this is the 3rd one I've missed.
I woke up this morning and realized I forgot to post a blog entry yesterday. Last night I emailed the first drafts of the artwork for the award I was asked to design. For the past two days I'd been working on coming up with three different designs for the award. Once I emailed them I felt like my work was done for the day and called it a night. I'll post the designs once one gets approved and finalized. The next step will be to get it framed and deliver it to the organization that will be resenting it on a couple weeks.
I've been running this blog and and posting to it (almost) daily for 2 solid months now. Although feels like longer. It's an exercise to improve my writing, provide free content, and add "value" to my brand. (At least that's what Seth Godin says.) I wish I could think of something interesting to write about my t-shirts & artwork every night but most nights I got nothing. At least nothing that I didn't already write about, and I don't want to write about the same thing over & over. Tonight I've already had this page open for 3 hours before deciding to write about writer's block. It reminded by of this quote I heard, "Inspiration is for amateurs" so I looked it up and it's by Chuck Close:
Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great "art idea". And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you'll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you did today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.
I had nice streak going. There were a few cheater posts, where I couldn't think of anything so I'd just write a few words or post some drawings, just to say I posted something. I did 56 straight days in a row. I'm a little bummed out that I missed a day. I wanted to make it at least to 100. Oh well.
And in other womp-womp news, it doesn't look like that vending opportunity in downtown is gonna go thru. We'll see.
I love the idea of posting a daily blog post and drawing something new everyday in October but Damn it takes me a long time. It took me a few hours yesterday and today to come up with an idea, sketch it in pencil then finish it with ink. Now it's almost 3 am and I've been in front of my laptop for atleast an hour thinking about what to write for my blog. I still feel weird writing and saying "I have a blog." A part of me doesn't want anyone to read these. I'm doing the daily blog posts, as recommended by Seth Godin, as an exercise in self discipline, to provide new content, become a better writer, and put more thought and effort into my business. The coolest thing so far has been watching the list of categories grow longer and my archives now span 3 months. (I started August 30 and we're only a week into October, so it's really only been a little over one month) Soon I'll have just as many blog entries as Inktober drawings. The current score is Inktober Drawings: 68 vs Daily Blog Posts: 38. They'll be tied up by the end of the year and by next Inktober, blog posts will be leading by about 270. That's a lot of hours... if I keep it up (It is now 3:18 AM)
I crossed these things off my to-do list today:
I forgot to write a blog post before bed.