The entries for the No-Sugar Added Poetry book contest are starting to trickle in, which is very exciting! In talking about the contest and the guest post I did for DiabetesMine on Monday, it seems some people were inspired to do more than just make art for the contest though. My friend, Cherise, had the brilliant suggestion of an art day. I was a little wary because of concerns about participation, but Cherise’s excitement was infectious. Also, I recalled talking with Karen about how she was worried when she announced her idea for Diabetes Blog Week that no one would be interested in participating. As it turned out, she could barely stay on top of the participating blogs, and was overwhelmed in a good way by the response.
With these fine diabetes blog ladies as my muses, I am initiating the very first official Diabetes Art Day. If you would like to participate, between now and September 1st, I’m asking you to break out of your linguistic comfort zone, bust out some art materials, and make a piece of artwork – painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, an installation piece, a mixed media something or other, or whatever you can imagine. I’m sure most of you don’t consider yourselves artists, but I think that you are, and just haven’t discovered it yet. Then, once your masterpiece is complete, post it on September 1st. If you want to get your family involved, maybe each of you can create something, or you can even do a group art project. The possibilities are endless if you use your imagination!
When September 1st comes around, if you want to say something about it – what it was like to make it, if it turned out the way you expected, what it means to you – then go for it, but if you just want to post a picture of it, and let it speak for itself, the magic of art is that words are optional. If you don’t have a blog, and still want to participate, post it on one of the diabetes online communities. You can even send it to me if you want, and I can post it. I just don’t want anyone who doesn’t have a blog to feel like they can’t participate because the more people that jump into the art-making action, the better. Whatever you create, wherever you post it, just link back to me because you have no idea how much I am looking forward to seeing what you’ve made!
Here’s a badge to show you are participating and help spread the word. Then all that’s left is tuning out that inner-critic, tuning into your instincts, sense of adventure and playfulness, making something fantastic, and posting it on September 1st. This is a community art project like no other for a community like no other, so help me make it fabulous!
For additional information about how and where to post your art on September 1st, please check out: Where the Heck Do I Post My Art?
If you’re concerned about how to get started making art, what materials to use, or worried that you’re not “talented”, please check out: So You Say You’re Not an Artist?
A few more tips, inspiration, ideas, and information about a raffle for all Diabetes Art Day participants: Extra Inspiration