Creative Quests

Karen Richards in Eugene, Oregon is spending a year doing Creative Quests. She explains, "I am tackling a different creative challenge each month. I started in September with comics and cartoons, did photography in October, and creatively lettered inspirational quotes (along with Nanowrimo) in November. I am playing with paper art and crafts in December. And from there to January and beyond."

Why did you decide to do this project? In the past few years, I’ve devoted myself to several projects that required creating something every day. I’ve seen many benefits from the practice and I believe sharing my prompts and process will help me keep a record of my progress and may help others. Over time, I hope to try several new art forms and learn about social media. My ultimate goal is to determine how all my artsy interests fit together, and might be conglomerated, juxtaposed, or blended into a new, better-formed, and professional, direction.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? I love the excitement and the “eyes open” feeling I’ve had every day. So far, I have continued to be enthusiastic and immersed in thinking up and executing each challenge. As a bonus, I’ve had a couple of ideas about how to focus my creativity in the longer term. In the meantime, it feels like such a beneficial practice to search for new materials, new ways of seeing and interpreting, each day. For example, I used different methods for making letters every day in November. Just when I thought I might be out of ideas, I spied the Sriracha sauce in the refrigerator or the twist ties in the junk drawer, and I found myself experimenting until I was satisfied with the result.
See all of Karen's quests HERE.

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