From July of 2009 to July of 2010, I drew a picture every day.
I set out to draw a picture everyday for a year, and I did that.
Some of the drawings from that year are featured here, and other drawings arose after the completion of that project.
My decision to draw a picture everyday for a year was an impulsive decision, something I just decided to do and that was that.
Often, when I make decisions like that – when I have a big idea and say, “Okay, I’m going to do it!” – I don’t actually end up doing the thing, or maybe I do it for a little while and then fall out of practice and intention.
For a number of reasons, I was determined to complete the drawing-everyday project.
Primary among my motivations was the simple desire to see a plan through. I quickly found that setting my aim to do something (in this case, draw a picture every day) and then doing that thing produced a definite sense of satisfaction and – equally important – helped me to avoid the familiar disappointment in myself that can easily come about as a result of letting my goals and intentions fall to the wayside through distraction or laziness.
In the course of working on and finishing this project in which I would draw a picture – any picture – everyday for a year, I ended up going through a fairly significant personal transformation.
It was not a tidy or pleasant ‘significant personal transformation.’
In addition to getting much better at drawing over the course of that year, I also lost my mind and ended up in a psychiatric hospital after trying to prove God with photos of clouds.