The Drawing a Day Project
In June 2012, I began a new project, making a drawing a day for one year. I set rules relating to format and materials—making drawings on 10 x 11 inch (25 x 28 cm) paper using water-based mediums—but the subject matter had no boundaries. The drawings were about daily observation, using my intuition to explore mark making deeply. I committed to this series as a daily practice. Through this process, I discovered a refreshing sense of freedom, different than working on the more involved larger paintings. When the day was done I had to move on, which allowed me to simplify and to appreciate the immediacy of a mark. Focused on process, I was able to work in a less analytical way. Committing to work everyday—even when I traveled— made my studio time a daily priority and a habit. Three months into the series I became pregnant; I completed the year of drawings just one week before my daughter was born. It was unplanned, perfect timing.