2018 Daily Mini Project
I'm here to talk about the Daily Mini project.
When I started the project at the beginning of 2018 I knew that I wanted to commit to doing a project. I knew it was going to be mini 3x3 canvas and sister sketchbook pages.
I didn't know how long the project would last.
The idea of putting time restrictions on the project seemed like the fastest way to suck the fun out of it. So I didn't.
I just began and it was really fun. Each day... paint, explore, play. As an artist who mostly paints...I paint often but I had yet to do a true daily practice. I loved the ritual of coming to my work space every day.
Plus, there was the joy of having social media content to post (Ha) but seriously. Sometimes it is hard to have fresh new content. This project was really helpful in that aspect. I gained a lot of new followers on Instagram. I had people come up to me and talk about the project. I have new clients because they've enjoyed following this daily practice!
I kept thinking "If I make it to 100 days... awesome! If it goes to 365... that'd be cool too"
It didn't get old. I love it.
But here is what did happen.
The process of showing up to my art everyday... meant new ideas were jumping up and down to win attention in my brain. The mini's inspired new work, new color combinations, new marks. New relationships. And (bonus) people want to buy the minis!
So I thought about the project. I sat down and really looked at it from all angles.
100 days would be cool- logistically I need to get ahold of about 20 more 3x3 canvas, the frame to hold them all is no longer big enough... build something for that.
365 days would be cool too, imagine all those minis together. But really imagine ALL those Minis together.... where, how, and don't forget the cost associated. Also people want to buy them NOW... not in 9 months.
The more I thought the more I had to return to the beginning of the project... my heart behind it.
Why--- I wanted a daily habit project... boom, it's working. Daily habit (Check)
I wanted to increase excitement in the community about my work. (Check)
So... if both of my goals are being accomplished then why force myself or this project to be something that fits into a clean cut mold? Because I don't.
I'm messy, with torn edges and mood swings. I have flaws and shoes that are too big for my feet. I like to change my mind, I like my art to be free from rules. I talk too much, sometimes I don't talk at all. I am not a 100 day project kind of gal. I am not a 365 day project kind of gal.
You know what I am. I am a 81 day project kind of gal.
That's all the mini canvas I currently have in stock. It'll be a nice collection of cute little mini's. I can take a group photo. They could all go on sale soon. And the people who love them can buy them. Just in time for me to begin working on my next big project. And guess what.
It'll all be okay.
Because I did what I set out to do. I loved it. And rather than push it from a place of love to a place of obligation, I am just not going to do it. Because I am in charge here. This is my zone.
And if I choose to continue the sketchbook pages, well then I will. And if I miss a day, oh well.
Because I can't run my life or my art business based on some arbitrary guideline on a personal project. That's just silly.
I kinda think it's cool. 81 mini's from the 2018 daily project. (81 ----18????) Maybe this project had it's own plan the whole time.
Follow along via @artbyjacimusec on Instagram. And you can spy all the mini's searching the hashtag #jacimusecminis2018
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