In a few short days -- well it's summer, so I suppose it's actually in a few long days -- it will be August. I'm trying with all my might to not fret about how quickly this year is passing by. And for the most part it is working. However, if you follow this blog even a bit, you've surely noted that A) I haven't been posting much, and B) that probably means I haven't been creating/painting/doing much. I'll admit that I haven't been painting much, which is something I'm aiming to resolve as soon as possible, but I have been doing a lot this year. I just haven't been talking about it much here. Some of that is because I'm a private person. Some of that is because I question what, if anything, is worth sharing. And some of that is because, on some level, I do feel that I haven't been creating/painting/doing enough.
But one thing I have continued to be very committed to this year is photography. I've talked about how improving my photography skills has been one of my big goals, and with my phone or camera always close by, I've been trying to take photographs and capture moments as much as possible this year. I've focused on composition and color, and aperture and shutter speed, but mostly I've just been trying to see and notice the things and people and places that I want to remember.
And here it is, almost August, and I realize I need to (want to) re-energize this blog, which has become quite sleepy this year. So Susannah Conway's August Break is coming along at the perfect time. I think this will be a great way to continue exploring something I've already been doing this year (photography) but also tie it to something that I haven't been doing so well this year (this blog). You can read more about the photography challenge and the daily photo prompts here.
While this is more photography focused than illustration or painting focused (which is still my main goal), I hope it will help give both me and this blog a good kick in the rear and get the other creative areas of my life moving. As Susannah explains, there are no rules. Which is perfect, but I also need some structure, so my goal is to post at least one photograph a day and to follow her daily prompts as much as I possibly can (with some wiggle room here and there). One thing I've learned -- and relearned and relearned -- through my yoga practice over the past year is that it is very important to set an intention and then make a commitment. So that part is done. Now I need to go and do it.
I'll be back Thursday with my first post. Bring on August!