No Rules – Day 3

That They Might Be Lovely by Kesha Bruce
“That They Might Be Lovely” by Kesha Bruce. ©Kesha Bruce

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 3 of the 365 Days Project is by Kesha Bruce]

Ditch the rules. I had plans, but I should have known. For this project, I had decided that I would write one affirmation per day as I arose each morning for the next 365 days. But every time one would come to me, it would be followed by an explosion of seven or eight more. (See Day #1) Then more would float through my brain at various points throughout the day, clearly not interested in arriving all neat and tidy in a morning package as I had planned. I already have 16 written down. And it’s only Day 3. So much for rules.

#3 – Rules rarely work in an Artist’s world.

Pure creation is organic and messy – it can’t be reduced to an orderly series of steps, unless I’m reproducing what I’ve already done before. And even when I’m not creating, I still question most rules because their ultimate goal is to confine and constrict movement. I’m not a rebellious rule-breaker, but I’ve been called a sh**-disturber (as a compliment) because I’ll want to take rules apart and reconstruct them differently. I’m always asking, “But what if……?”

Artist Credits for the images included in this post:

This Ground is Dry by Kesha Bruce
“This Ground is Dry” by Kesha Bruce. ©Kesha Bruce

Images featured above:
That They Might Be Lovely
Kesha Bruce, New York, USA
Archival pigment print

This Ground is Dry
Kesha Bruce, New York, USA
Ink, gouache, collage on paper

Kesha Bruce’s portfolio and blog can be viewed on her website: Kesha Bruce


The 365 Days Project

In 2012, Serena Kovalosky committed to writing an article a day for 365 days as an exploration into the lives of artists and the value of creative thinking in our society.

Experience the full evolution of the project! Click below to read the entire collection of articles.
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