blank canvas final. by- theStephALA

what i learned from the blank canvas assignment:

did i finish my harp composition?  i’m sad to report that i did not.  i started off strong, in fact, i was very pleased with my work for the first two days of the assignment.  then, something happened:  i stopped showing up to work.

despite my failure to complete, or perhaps my success at maintaining the “blankness of my canvas”, i learned something important from the assignment this week:  when i don’t take the time to do my work i am only hurting myself.  does anyone really care that i didn’t complete the assignment?  the answer is no, not really.  do i care? yes.  and although it is sad and scary (perhaps even terrifying) to admit this, there are not an infinite amount of tomorrows left.

when am i going to “get serious”?  when are you?  hopefully not tomorrow because, as one of my favorite musicians, janis joplin, so wisely stated, “tomorrow never happens, man…”

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blank canvas assignment

do you believe that inspiration is a fickle being that strikes a lucky few and teases the remainder of the artistic community?  if you’ve been waiting around for this magical creature to visit you, it may be time to alter your approach…

this week, adventureclubinteractive challenges you to to take control of your artistic situation and manage your creative output by sticking to a specific schedule and making a personal commitment to yourself to do your “work” each and every day this week.

what is your work?  you tell us! take this opportunity to brush dust off your canvas and find a clean slate. gather the materials that your work demands. clean paint brushes, untangle yo-yos, unroll yoga mats, suspend slack lines, fire up pottery wheels, hydrate clay, shuffle cards, charge batteries, tune instruments… feel free to write, photograph, dance, video or compose. and if you are already an accomplished writer, photographer, dancer, videographer or composer- perhaps you find the adventure in the work instead– working at something new and different. perhaps you trade composition for prose, kickboxing for kiteboarding, photography for cooking, designing video games for planting garden flowers…

choose your own work. and work everyday.

the keys to this assignment are consistency and progress.  as you’ve most certainly heard before, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  we recommend picking a specific time every day to do your work.  keeping a regular schedule will make it easier to stay on track and stay committed working everyday. maybe you set a timer: 20min-60min. maybe you designate a room with a door to close.

eliminate all distractions.  focus on your work.


document your progress. take a daily photo of your work and record your feelings and experiences in a journal entry / blog post. we will all be proud of ourselves when this week is over and hopefully these habits will continue on after the assignment expires!

please share your your work in progress via email:

challenge: partner potential

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two things at rest have enormous potential

two things together have abundant energy

adventureclubinteractive’s sentence exchange assignment is fundamentally about sharing work. taking one work (i.e. an adventureclubinteractive sentence) and merging it with another work (i.e. an adventure seekers photograph) to create a masterpiece that is more than a sum of its parts.

challenge: realize that your work, your project, your creation, your effort, your art – whatever it is – may stand alone as completely brilliant. at the very least it has potential. explore the potential of your work with a partner. find yourself a friend, face to face, that may or may not have their own work to share. discuss your creation(s). absorb and elicit feedback. embrace criticism. appreciate interpretation. perhaps your partner inspires improvement in your work. perhaps you feel inspired by your partners work. maybe this challenge seems simple but be mindful that the exchange of ideas has likely given way to deliciously unpredictable new ideas. enjoy the energy you have added to your work by simply converting its potential into the energy of exhibition. plan to meet again face to face and plan something specific to share next time. enjoy the accountability of having partner. realize that a masterpiece has potential but with an (albeit small) audience it gains recognition, momentum, energy and even more brilliance.