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I’ve laid down a challenge for myself, in part to give to the people around me, in part to remind us all how we need to actively make the world a better and more beautiful place, and in part to protest the tight-fisted view of art in our world today. I’ve committed to give out 1,000 pieces of art before my 30th birthday. Not just reproductions of the same piece – an original, drawn (or painted, or sculpted) by myself with a note on the back.
This challenge has multiple potential benefits:
1. It will test my creativity. I haven’t completely run the numbers, but I estimate that I’ll have to give away about 3 pieces of art a week. That’s pretty hefty, and a little more than a little scary: I can’t just drop three new pieces off at the same coffee shop each week, so I’m going to have to get really creative about how I do this. I’m going to have to go places I might not have gone otherwise, I’m going to have to explore my world and go on constant adventures.
2. It will stretch my comfort zone. It’s pretty easy to glide through life without any human connection: since I’ll actually be handing my art to people constantly, I’ll be able to conquer several fears that many of us have: fear of introducing ourselves to someone we don’t know, fear of looking stupid, fear of standing out, and fear of sharing my work with other people.
3. It will open up human connections. In addition to tipping art, I also will give the art to people in person, and that will give them a chance to respond to what I’m trying to do. Will there be a lot of people who look at me strangely? Certainly. But I’m sure that there will be some who see what I’m doing, and want to be a part of it: people I might not have known if I didn’t step out and do something different.
4. It will force me to produce! In addition to my other projects, I will have to produce new art constantly. There will be no lazing around for a couple years, or I know that I’ll really be scrambling to catch up. I want you to keep me accountable in this, and if I start slacking off, you have me full permission (and blessing) to digitally slap me upside the head.
I’ll be posting pictures of my ArtGifts on my Tumblr blog, and you’re welcome to post your ArtGifts there as well.
If this challenge inspires you, please try out my 20-day ArtGift challenge! It’s totally free, and it will really stretch you as an artist.
One of my favorite quotes ever was given to me by one of my readers, when she described what she thought I was like:
“I picture you on Walden Pond. Half the time. The other half in Georgetown or somewhere like that, super cool…[like] Dartmouth or Yale.”
I’m not quite there yet, but now I have something to aspire to. :-)
I’ve worked as a freelance designer and on various internet-based businesses for pretty much all of my adult life: I’ve also worked other “real” jobs like waiting tables and serving coffee, which have given me a chance to observe humanity in a way that few see it: no one shows their true faces more then to people who serve them their food and drink. I’ve self-published two physical books, written numerous e-books and other informational products, and wrote and drew a webcomic for a two year+ stint. I’ve started several different blogs, and learned from experience why lack of consistency makes blogs fail.
I’ve drawn art since before I can remember : my first masterpieces were scrawled on the back of couches in permanent marker (or so my Mom alleges). As far as drawing goes, I was mostly self-taught through high school (by choice), but than went on to perform reasonably well in my college design and illustration classes. The #1 thing that college taught me was that I could learn everything faster than the teachers could present it, and classes ultimately frustrated me with their slow pace. I continued to make art through college, focusing on drawing cartoon art, illustration, and finally I landed on abstract digital painting, which is my current favorite. Abstract was a very strange choice for me, but I found a liveliness and energy in it that I haven’t found anywhere else. Of course I began to write for myself once I got out of college, and I haven’t stopped.
I’m a constant study of people, a constant student, and I’m an artist who’s crazy enough to think he can make the world a more beautiful place. I try to fight society’s addiction to mediocrity and the self-serving state of art in an attempt to realize the dream of a giving, genuinely connected world. I hope you’ll join me!
I hope you’ll check out my free e-book, Slapping Yourself Upside the Head. It’s the first step towards living a life on purpose, which is a prerequisite to changing your life, your art, and beautifying the world. You can also check out a bunch of my other writings here.
Welcome aboard! Let’s beautify the world together.
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