I compare art making to exercise. And unfortunately, I do too little of both. But that is all going to change. Big Exercise is like going to the gym and doing a huge workout. Little Exercise is taking a walk around the block just to get moving. Likewise, there is Big Art and Little Art. Big Art=working for hours on a soon to be masterpiece. Little Art=gathering materials, looking at art books and magazines, going to a show, crafting, stretching a canvas, walking around an art store-basically anything you do to get ready to work. Little Art has every bit as much value as Big Art. It is keeping your creative juices flowing and most importantly keeping your hands and your mind in the work.
This past weekend, I did a lot of Little Art. A visit to another artist’s jewelry show inspired me to dig out my beads and make some earrings and bracelets. A friend dropped off a donation of an old encyclopedia set for my altered book projects. So there are three Little Art events right there: gathering materials, going to a show, and making some quick yet satisfying jewelry pieces.
Here’s the good news: It All Counts. Making art is not like counting Weight Watcher points. There is no good art or bad art or some kind of art making that counts more than another. It All Counts. So give yourself permission to make some Little Art today-I am going to go do some right now.