Mostly, it’s the time consuming weight of the daily “doodle administration.” Photographing (and if I did the doodle after dark, setting up all the lights in my apartment to get a decent picture), uploading, cropping, color adjusting, posting to three different places on line, collecting all the responses and responding, adding some of those to the site, doing the drawing, mailing the doodle out. –all that was taking more time than I was willing to give each day.
There were also days when I didn’t want to doodle, and forcing myself, even if it culminated in a really awesome doodle that I was happy with in the end, made me feel like a pissed off slave building a pyramid for a pharoah. (See Doodle #40, The Mean Doodle Mistress, pictured at right, for my best visual expression of this.) That’s when I changed the Daily Doodle to a six day a week project. I’m a strong believer in the importance of a day of rest. That helped, but I still felt like I was “getting through” the year, which isn’t the relationship I want with my life.
Changing the Daily Doodle to the Weekly Doodle, allows me to really enjoy the process of creating, sharing, and giving indefinitely, while maintaining the balance of the rest of my life. Also, I’m looking forward to pursuing some other art projects this year.
Did you achieve what you wanted to with THE DOODLE PROJECT?
I love making art, and I love giving it to people, but there isn’t always a pull for that. It can take a lot of fight to carve out the space from my life to make a gift that no one wants yet, like building a house on spec instead of contract. In the past, it’s felt a little crazy to devote so much work and passion to something that only I care about. After THE DOODLE, there’s now a little call for my art in the world that I needed to hear. Creating an audience for my art draws more of it out of me. So, yes- THE DAILY DOODLE has transformed my playful artistic expression into an actual gift, fulfilling it’s creative potential as a communication given and received, and providing me with the experience of my art as a contribution, something I’ve always wanted to achieve as an artist. Also, I now have original art all over the world, from El Salvador to India, Germany to Sweden, appreciated by loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers.
What’s next artistically for the Doodler?
Well, of course I’ll be continuing to create, share and give away a new doodle every week (with occasional bonus doodles thrown in mid-week). So keep your eye on Eliza Furmansky Fine Art so you don't miss out on the opportunity to win YOUR doodle.