This is my second 365 photography project. I did one in 2014 and it was the best thing I’ve done to grow my skills and feed my soul. Being creative each day is my form of meditation and I walk away from an art piece feeling rejuvenated. In 2016, I thought I was ready to attempt some new challenges. One of them was to do a weekly self-portrait and another was to share one image a week, along with a story or update, to my blog. Well… if you look back at my entries, you’ll see it didn’t happen. I wasn’t ready and life was still too challenging. But, the desire to integrate creativity and art into my daily life was there, just under the surface.
After giving myself time to heal and quietly process what has happened these past few years it was time for a plan. I spent the last 3 months of the year gearing myself up emotionally and mentally, and organizing my approach. My goal: to do a “365 Fine Art Image a Day for One Year” (2017). I took what I’d learned from my past 365 and made some changes. The biggest one being that I would establish monthly themes in order to build collections of images. I would also incorporate a self-portrait each Saturday. This would give me a cohesive body of work at the end of the year that would demonstrate my style and interests as an artist.
I chose not to share this adventure on my blog until I could show I would be successful this time around. I’m thankful to say, January has gone well and I feel as committed as ever to continue on to February.
For those that are interested in the technique of the images I’ve created: these are ‘light painted’. I set up a dark room and used a long exposure while painting on the light with a small flashlight. I post-processed them in both Photoshop and Corel Painter, where I used digital oil paintbrushes to paint the images, adding texture, brush strokes, and color, much like the traditional painting process I do on canvas.
Here are my Saturday Self-Portrait images for January. I used to have a very hard time being in front of the camera but as time goes on, it gets easier and more fun.
Has anyone else set challenges, or goals for this year and been successful thus far?