This is something that put some little wheels in motion in my head as soon as I read about it: complete a “365” project – create something every day for a whole year. It seems fairly simple, but it takes, as I found out once, a lot of time, energy and self-discipline. Not for me these days, unfortunately… Which is why it became an official Bucket List item.
A few days ago, I found Make something 365 and Get Unstuck and I can’t get enough of browsing through all the projects there. The author, Noah Scalin, shares blogs from people who have completed or are in the process of completing “365” projects. If you have some time and/or if you need some inspiration, check it out!
It reminded me of a project we had to complete in art school, “One Page a Day”. I called mine “Impressions from a Book” and drew something every day based on what I was reading at the time. Even though I didn’t quite keep up with it for 3 months, at the end of it I had a sketchbook full of pictures, a great mix of media and styles and themes, and a lot of ideas for new artwork. It was all worth the effort!
I’ve already started thinking of what I would like to work on every day for a full year. What would you choose?
While I was putting together the pages for the Picture a Tale website, I came to a halt on the “About” page – I will talk about the concept and the artwork, but how much do I talk about myself? It turned out, not a lot. Here are some little bits more or less relevant to complete that:
I was born and grew up in Romania, in a place with a name that translates freely as “Middle of Nowhere”.
Did a lot of reading as a child.
Tales of all sorts were my favorites by far, even though you could always tell how they end.
Also did some drawing, mostly things that had to do with those tales.
Moved to Bucharest, then Belgium, then Boston, then Hawaii. All great places in their own way.
Did some more reading and drawing.
Spent a few years in front of a computer screen trying to make sense of numbers and letters.
At some point during the above, went back to school at the wonderfully free School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Reading and drawing started to come together.
I am still in Hawaii, and still loving it, mostly.
Have 2 kids, 2 1/2 and 9 months. And another one on the way.
There is a name for it: “baby bunching“. There should be some benefits from this later, but right now we’re still in the thick of the madness.
Taking care of babies all day creates a lot of free mental real estate.
Picture a Tale is a way of taking advantage of that. And I get to read and draw some.
It has been a fun, unnerving, sometimes tiring, definitely rewarding experience so far and I can’t wait to do more!
As any decent procrastinator knows, you have to wait for a right calendar time to start a project even though it could have been started at any other time. So beginning of the year = start a blog!
The procrastinator-in-chief in this case is me, Adina, illustrator and owner of Picture a Tale. I have considered the idea of a blog for a while and never quite found the (insert excuse here) to do it. At this point I see it as a chance to share with you some fun things related to Picture a Tale, my sometimes chaotic life with 2 (almost 3) little kids, stories of art, design, decor, books and more.
Looking forward to picture this blog together! Feel free to chime in with comments!