I created a 52 week art challenge to build my portfolio, experiment with new art techniques, grow my skills and connect with other creative (like you) on Instagram, and am inviting you to join in! This challenge happened over the course of 2016, but that's ok! It's not too late to join in. Read on for the full details. 

With the main objective to build a better portfolio, the challenge is to create one new piece of art each week. Each month will have a different theme, so that at the end of the year we'll all have 12 new collections with a total of 52 new pieces. Sounds pretty good, right? It also sounds extremely possible to me. And that's the point. It has to be reasonable, otherwise when life gets hectic, it won't get done. So spend as little or as much time as you can on these, just make sure it fits your schedule and you make something you're proud of. 

To join the challenge, all you need to do it create your art and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #spankysartparty so that we can all see what everyone is creating. That hashtag requires some explaining, but that is a story for another day. So for now, let's just run with it. 

Remember, create a piece that's true to you. Let your imagination run wild. You can draw anything you want within each theme. And, most importantly, think about each month as a collection so that at the end of the month, you're art has a cohesive look to it. Pinterest is an excellent place to get some inspiration. 

Follow me on Instagram: @jaymesloan 


January: House Plants
February: Houses
March: Birds
April: Flowers
May: Cities
June: Gardens
July: Farmers Market
August: Lettering
September: Coffee & Tea
October: Travel
November: Cooking
December: Pets

These are some of the pieces I created during this challenge.