I'm just about through my "50 Butterflies in 50 Days" Easter season challenge. I have not completed fifty butterflies yet, but I have several completed or well in process and have collected the raw materials for at least half of the fifty. I do want to blog about my experience and what I'm learning.
Challenges like this are, you know, challenging. Making art (or just about anything, for that matter) takes time--especially for someone like me, a mostly self-taught artist seeking to put my passion for creating art more into the center of my career. It is hard to put a deadline on creativity, but for some of us, a deadline is the only thing that makes us go from concept to completion.
A goal provides a new, and useful, way to look at the world and approach life. The idea behind this project is that small changes close at hand can lead to big alterations in the bigger picture. For me, working on artistic pursuits helps me get in touch with the best parts of myself--not just my creativity, but my zest for life, my natural hopefulness, my self-confidence, my openness to change, and my passions.
I feel as though there is a universal message in this: Whatever gets you in touch with the best part of you, find a way to do it, often.