I’m the type of person that must include art in my life every single day. For me, it is as essential as breathing. However, having just embarked on my final two-class term at SNHU, I have precious little time, unless I make art late at night, just before I go to bed.
Whether I work on huge projects, such as this mural with famous outsider artist, Isaiah Zagar (above), or on tiny projects at home, I must have art in my life every day.
I might spend 20 minutes doing a quick watercolor study….
I might participate in a global mosaic project such as this collaborative effort put together by Lin Schorr to benefit the Providence-Park Hospital in Novi, Mi:
Or I might work on one of the many guitar-themed mixed media pieces that I am creating for a future installation. This is a postmodern design that little Ingrid and I are working on together. At age 5, she is learning exceptionally quickly, and has a real eye for tile placement and complimentary design elements:
My whole point is that I must have art….I must create something artful…each and every day. However, being a full time student, working full time and doing the other things that I do over the course of a day, I often find myself without sufficient time to create art in a big way, so I choose some small way to do it. One of the best ways I know is Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day Challenge. And the best thing is, she has created an app to make the process even simpler.
The app is called the Little Moments App, and it is supported by all the major phone platforms. It is a marvelous thing, really, because one is prompted by a theme each day. For example, today’s photo theme is, “This inspires me”….so all I have to do is open the app, take the photo and click…click….click….It is uploaded to whatever social networking platform I wish…AND…it automatically adds hash tags to enable other challenge participants to see what I’ve done. For instance, I am inspired by the work of my friend, Arlene Elizabeth, who created this image of the Daili Lama from individually folded origami cranes.
The app comes with some fun features such as color/mood filters, text options and little designs that can be added to the image.
It really doesn’t have to take up a lot of time and energy to create something positive and artful each day. Download Fat Mum Slim’s app….or just do something on your own. Creation is a good thing. Artful creation is even better….infinitely better than destroying or tearing something down….and also better than going through an entire day without art! If you have kids, get them involved. The more art in the world, the better place it is.