Art as a Daily Practice: a reflection by MA in Psychology & Clinical Mental Health Counseling student Jacqueline Overstreet:
“I have almost hit the three-month mark and I am almost a quarter of the way through the biggest artistic commitment I have taken on so far in my life. On Monday, January 13, 2014, I embarked on a great journey, when myself and 29 other devoted local Vermont artists embarked on a yearlong journey to create a complete piece of artwork for 365 days in 2014. This means that by January 13, 2015, each participant will have 365 separate pieces are artwork to show for the year.
“Additionally, the group is photographing their pieces daily and uploading them to their own individual and group Flickr pages. Here is my own personal Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/114040797@N06
“And here is our ‘Artistree Daily Painters’ group page, which includes the daily artwork of all the participants: www.flickr.com/groups/artistreedailypainters
“Each of the participants has their own goals and intentions for this challenge, but mine is plain and simple: I promise to commit to make art a daily practice, without judging or outlining the size, quality or artistic achievement of my daily work. That was my intention when I began three months ago and I hold true to that intention today, and going into the next nine months to come. I will keep you posted as the journey continues and you can watch my progress over the next year by following my individual and group Flickr pages.”
Jacqueline Overstreet lives in Barnard Vt., and is the Expressive Arts Facilitator at Artistree in Woodstock.