Wednesday, September 16, 2009

24 hour Art-A-Thon




I was really inspired by this article about Beck and friends recording a full album in one day. 24 hours! Impressive. I have always loved the idea that setting limits--whether time, medium, color, or theme--is a great way to jump start our creative juices and helps us see what we're capable of. In life and in art I think most of us do better when given limits and guidelines. But what I love MOST about this particular 24 hour time line limit is that it eliminates the excuses. And I have had many excuses when it comes to painting. I don't have space, now I have a studio but I'm pregnant, now I'm not but I don't have time.... enough.

Therefore I'm proposing a 24 hour art-a-thon. Whaddya say? You in? Whether anyone joins me or not, I'm doing this. Here's how it will work... you have 24 hours to create and complete a specified amount of work {painting, sewing, quilting, photography, sculpture, songwriting, etc.} I'm going to commit myself to 3 completed paintings {and up to 5 if I have time} in 24 hours. I'm also going to stick to a theme, but will leave that private for now. I don't have a date yet, and I have to get supplies prepped and ready, but I'm thinking with in the next 2 weeks. A Saturday. Who's in?

I'm excited.


13 comments:

  1. I'm so in! Love that idea. Now, what should I do? Hmm...

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  2. Yay! I'm so in! My project is piper's halloween costume. I'm making everything including shoes. I love this idea because I will have it done quickly! I just need to buy supplies and I'm so in!

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  3. I'm so in! supplies will be attained, as well as an idea for a project! let's make it happen!

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  4. I'm so in! I don't know when mine will be considering my husband starts his SATURDAY classes very soon. But I will tell him that I want to do this. I guess the 24 hours doesn't have to be during the daylight, right? Maybe my husband can stay home one morning while I sleep in from having a all night art-a-thon.

    This is a great idea.

    One of my excuses is that I want a friend to do things with and I don't have one of those close enough to me. I need to be my own art friend.

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  5. Ooh, I already have some projects in mind. What a great idea!

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  6. Yay!! I'm so stoked everyone is so excited for this. I hope ya'll will be willing to share photos of completed work. {Samantha--so glad to have you...didn't even know you had a blog!}

    Likely--yes that's one of the more difficult aspects if you have kids--getting a Sat. where the husband can be on kid duty for a full 24 hrs. Because of that I'm thinking that I'll actually start Fri. evening and go until Sat. evening--so it will be most of Sat. day, but I'd rather end on Sat. evening than Sun. morning.

    This is awesome...keep 'em coming and I'll be sure to post the date soon! {I sorta had it in mind that we'd all do the same Saturday... Or at least most of us will do the same Sat.}

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  7. i'm in. mine may be a day of completing dozens of half-done projects. this is brilliance.

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  8. I'm so IN!!!!!! But I need someone to tell me what to do.

    I want to sew something. Someone tell me what...

    ??

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  9. I'm in! What a great way to get my butt in gear. Thanks for the idea!

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  10. I'll give it whirl! We just moved so I have tons of projects I want to get done and have a very easy time finding excuses.

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  11. In! You name the day!

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  12. I'm so, totally, almost in!! I don't do well on little sleep but I LOVE this idea. I'd like to do it but....well, you know me (sort of) I"ll try!

    I'm with Likely....I need a friend! I can't WAIT to see your artwork though!

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  13. Well----I think that I may be able to do it----I need a reason to start painting and this might inspire me!! But I am directing a play now, and have rehearsals every Friday night and Saturdays----but I will give it my best!!!

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