Boy howdy, y’all really do love an art challenge, don’tcha! And there are so many to choose from in the month of August! So, whether you seek the tension of a duel at dawn or feathered friends in all shapes, styles, and sizes, or an army a council of frogs—this month has ’em all. And with just under half the month to go, there’s still time to pony up and join in…or simply sit back and vibe with it.
Yeehawgust is in full swing collecting all your rootin’ ‘n’ tootin’ renditions of the wild west over on the official blog. That’s also where you’ll find the prompt list, should you need it. In the meantime, check these out:
Six-Shooter by @ceilingcow
Prickly Pear by @voltaical-art
Rhinestone Cowboy by @naomisart
(🎵oh, and a playlist for your troubles🎵)
Avian August has also taken flight in a big way, with some beautiful and diverse art styles joining the fray. Find your daily prompts here. Or simply sit back and enjoy the excellent specimens that have come home to roost:
Meanwhile, Frogust has taken a back seat this year, among all the birds and bulls. Here are a few intrepid individuals keeping this friend-shaped classic alive:
My favourite of Rodin’s works were the hand fragments. There were so many, some broken off and discarded from larger works like the Gates of Hell, others as studies for poses and casts. Hands are my favourite of all the body’s shapes, with their endless, endless holding
Me during the whole day: I want to do a total of 0 (zero) things
Me at night: I need to get my life together, I want to be fluent in 3 languages, practice different art styles, learn about the modern civilization and economy and politics and watch a bunch of movies and write and read a couple of books and do e v e r y t h i n g.
If you are a creative of any means - a writer, a painter, a content creator, whatever - please do not overlook the need to consume what we love as much as we create what we love.
It’s so easy to feel as though writing a story or filling your portfolio or streaming a game is your form of refreshment. Why? Because it is borne from our passions. But loving something does not keep it from depleting you. Find a means to refuel in your field without simultaneously pouring out.
If you’re a writer? Put down the pen and pick up a book.
If you’re an artist? Put down the brush and pick up a movie.
If you’re a streamer? Put down the camera and pick up a controller.
We are not infinite. Respect your own limitations. Replenish yourself.
Gaia, by Luke Jerram, at The Old Painted Hall in London. The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect (a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment) through mimicking the experience of astronauts passing the planet from afar. It was pretty beautiful at night, especially in the setting of the hall which is already so breathtaking.