Failing a daily art challenge

Failing a daily art challenge

Failing a daily art challenge 650 488 Consie Sindet

So here’s what I want to share today…life happens! I know, profound isn’t it? But it does and plans change or go up in smoke.

Art journal page from a daily art challenge • AtopSerenityHill.comI have been participating in a year long daily art challenge with Tori at DrawRiot since January 1, following a set of prompts for each day. I was doing swimmingly for 76 days and then LIFE stepped in. For 10 days I did nothing. I felt bad, kicked myself a few times for not even trying and generally felt like I had failed. Of course, this way of thinking is just crap! I know this, you know this. But it doesn’t seem to stop the negative thoughts from pouring through our minds. So after a reality check with myself that I hadn’t failed but just missed a few days, I started back on the next day.

Art journal page from a daily art challenge • AtopSerenityHill.comThe prompt was, of all things, the word New! So a new day, a new start and I’m back on track to keep going. So what about all those prompts I missed? Well, watch the video below to see how I used them all. Creatively speaking, I never missed a prompt! So here’s my day 86 of the 365 day art challenge…

So, what do you think? Do you feel as if you have failed if you miss a day or two with challenges? Do you feel that you need to “catch up”? Do you give up or just keep going? Share your experiences with me!

Art journal page from a daily art challenge • AtopSerenityHill.comPS…you can follow along with the rest of the year on Instagram as I do my best to keep creating everyday!

  • shamav March 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    You didn’t fail! Life is here and sometimes…we are a little out; but after, NEW . And it’s Spring! Enjoy flowers, trees, birds etc…come back to light our eyes, dear Consie. Colors are waiting for you! ( You haven’t to catch up!)

    • Consie Sindet March 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Shamav! I felt so much better after creating that page! I think that’s what I need to remember…that just the act of creating, getting my hands dirty, brings me so much joy. To keep finding that joy, I need to keep slinging paint!

  • KAREN E HENDERSON March 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I started, life stepped and I haven’t been back. The negative thoughts come in and yes they are stupid thoughts. I haven’t given up just waiting until after April 15th when I’m not working late nights and 7 days a week. Life happens and I just adjust to it.

    • Consie Sindet March 28, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      So good to hear that you didn’t give up. But make sure you rest after the 15th! I’ll keep an eye out for what you decide to create next, whenever and whatever that may be!

  • Beverley March 30, 2017 at 3:01 am

    I joined in a drawing a day…. the ‘in’ thing at one time. Seen people do it for a year or more. Well I lasted six weeks, the drawing became mark making, became colour play, and stopped. I saw it as a failure.
    However it was prob more than a year later I realised it had divolved because it was me, this was the stuff I liked… so not a failure but actually confirmation of what I enjoy doing, it had emerged even when it shouldn’t, wasn’t the plan. So ended up realising my small six weeks of effort confirmed something good, not a failure at all.

    • Consie Sindet March 30, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Six weeks is still an enormous amount of time, so good for you that you did that much! I think I was getting caught up in the prompts for this challenge, and feeling as if I “needed” to follow them. This break had made me realize that the prompt is there is I need it but other than that, I should do what I feel moves me each day. That seems to be abstract painting at the moment…so I’m going with that!

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