Sunday, May 24, 2009

The 20 Hour Challenge - Join US!

How much time do I actually make art each week? The ongoing struggle for art time...

Honestly though, I can't blame all of my lack of completed pieces on the lack of time. Laziness, is of course, to blame for some of it!! So I'm jumping in with both feet (and both hands) into the "20 hour challenge" that fellow artist Lori Woodward Simons has created for herself and has tweeted about. Only I'm modifying with a more realistic 12 hours a week, being that I can't possibly do 20 hours with my more-than-fulltime day job and family responsibilities. That's still a stretch and I love the idea of us being accountable to our time pledge.

Not 12 hours of looking through art books.
Not 12 hours of chatting online with other artists.
Not 12 hours of blogging, tweeting or facebooking...even about art!

12 hours of hands-on art making. Each of us is choosing the hours we pledge, based on where we are in life and what we realistically can do. And we're going be accountable online, to ourselves and each other, and post our progess every Friday for a Friday Show and Tell on the American Artist Magazine forum on this page

We'd love you to join us, we can encourage each other and celebrate our successes! All skill levels, all media are welcome. Because I truly believe that increasing quantity of time will equal increaseing quality of work, not to mention finally building a body of work. I'd love to take advantage of show opportunities that crop up for me...

So c'mon! Join us! Get accountable! Pledge 10, 20, 30 hours of artmaking and let's see how we can change the world, one art piece at a time!


DJ said...

Hmmm..Robin, I love a challenge... Like you, I can only do limited hours a week because of a full-time job.
But anything will be an improvement upon the sporadic jaunts I take into the studio.
So, I'm in!
Five. hours. a. week.
Hey, it's Monday already...gotta go!
{Robin, check on me, 'K?}

Robin said...

'K! Make sure to sign up at the American Artist site and you'll have more "supervision" !!

Ghislaine Bruno said...

Robin, I had just designed a umpteenth, perfect, schedule for my studio time when I read your latest post. Unfortunately, I also pledged not to spend more time on the internet, so I don't know what to do, really. I think I'm going to try on my own, and if I need support, then I'll join your group. Best wishes for your efforts.

Robin said...

Ghislaine, if you're reading this, lol!! I totally understand the less internet time, it really cuts in.

But do try and join JUST to post on Show and Tell Friday, to show your progrss through the week for fun and for encouragement!

Woodward Simons said...

Thanks so much for spreading the word on this challenge.

I don't work outside of my writing/painting business, so 20 hours is good for me - completely understandable if others can only do 5, 10 or 12 hours.

BTW: I've been writing so much this week and getting back to people to encourage them that I am having trouble getting any artwork done - however, I've written close to 4 articles for publication! For me, that counts as work.

Do whatever you can - Not meant to be an exercise that is stressful.

Mary said...

This is a simple, but super idea! Is also perfectly timed for me; as my tutoring business falls off for the season, I can paint more.

But it does require making the intention AND following through. It is so easy to kid myself about how much painting time I am putting in--or to let other things get in the way unnecessarily. I will join the challenge privately. Thank you for spreading the word, Robin.

Robin said...

Mary, so true!! I'm glad you're on board. I truly believe it will benefit all of us!

Join us at American Artist Forum for updates?

That said, I totally bombed last week, just a few hours. This week starts in about an hour for me and I pledge I'll have more to show!!

Cat-in-a-Box said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great link!!!