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As 2012 draws near I will continue to suggest art challenges that can be added to your list of New Year's resolutions if you feel so inclined. In the previous article I offered an art challenge for the TV addicts -- those who can't tell you when they will have their next art exhibit... but can tell you the favorite food enjoyed by the entire cast of a reality TV show. Point blank -- the challenge involved turning off the TV in order to spend more time enjoying the reality of having a productive art studio practice. Next on the chopping block -- the smokers.
For the smokers: I'm not going to lecture anyone about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. That said, I know that quitting is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. Many strive to quit due to the expense of smoking -- while others do so for health concerns. In either case -- it can be difficult to quit smoking (I've had my bouts). If you are serious about quitting you will need something to pass your time -- you will need a distraction. That distraction can be found in your art studio.
With a few searches online I found studies that suggested that the average smoker spends $50 to $200 per month on cigarettes. If your resolution for 2012 is to reduce or quit smoking I challenge you to include a bit of artistic initiative into the mix. Point blank -- use some or all of the money you will be saving to fund your studio practice.
The art challenge: Cigarette packs tend to have twenty cigarettes -- I challenge you to create twenty works of art using the funds that you will be saving from reducing or quitting your addiction to smoking. The extra work in the studio will serve as both a source of motivation and a distraction. With any luck you will be smoke free by the end of 2012 AND have a few masterpieces to show for it.
Just to be clear -- that is twenty more artworks than what you already average per year. For example, if your yearly average is 40 paintings you -- assuming you accept this art challenge -- will strive to create 60 paintings by the end of 2012. The money that you will be saving from not smoking will help to fund those works. Hopefully they will serve as motivation to keep on track as well. Good luck.
As mentioned in the previous article, I have a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions that involve an art challenge. I will continue to post one art challenge suggestion daily until January 1st of 2012. Let me know if you accept an art challenge that I post (I do plan to follow-up on this in December of 2012) -- and feel free to offer your own art challenge as a comment.
Take care, Stay true,