January is my least favorite month on social media. I am at the age in life where I am even more annoyed than usual at the gang mentality of resolutions, 30-day challenges, and labels for your life- especially when all of those things mainly serve as a way of financial gain or popularity for the originator of the idea and not the participant. I wholeheartedly believe in improving your life when you feel you need it. Before you participate in one of these events, ask yourself what it is you really want to gain so you are not setting yourself up for feeling worse about yourself or your skills.
When it comes to the art challenges, do you want to feel part of a community or do you want to bust out art like a robot? If you do just want the community, great! That is ok. I do think practice makes perfect when it comes to techniques, but I am not a fan of 30-day social media art challenges for making you more legit as an artist. I do not think you have to make art every day to be a successful artist. A big part of being an artist is how you think and see and less about how you hold your paintbrush for 30 days. So many ideas come when you are NOT making art. Just cranking out art because you want to be part of a group does not leave a huge amount of space for adding life and voice to your art. I do not think anyone's value as an artist should be determined by whether or not they can keep up with others. Art and self-expression should be something you feel moved to do. It should not be a competition or a race. Life itself is a challenge.
It's ok not to make art every day. You are still an artist if everyone else is making art and tagging each other and you are watching The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. You will probably get some great ideas while everyone else is competing for likes.
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