Friday at Four #1 – The beginning

I’ve decided to try something new this year

You see, I have those lovely watercolor pencils. I have two pads of watercolor paper. And I have something that looks like a huge block when comes time to make use of them. I also have in my life a wonderful man who loves drawing, and who would like to make more time for it.

Put all of this in the back of my mind, let percolate a little, and poof! An idea came up: what if we dedicated one hour weekly to playing with our art supplies? And what if we committed to this together; it would make it much more likely that we’d follow through, wouldn’t it?

This is how Friday at Four was born

Not only did we think that sounded like a brilliant idea, we also thought it was worth giving it a fair chance to happen for real, so we picked a day and time for it on the spot instead of keeping it too loose. We knew that thinking about making it happen on a non-specific sometime schedule would make the idea fall victim to a very powerful force: inertia. We decided that this would be a fun way to end our work weeks, and so Friday at Four it is!

I’m both a little nervous *and* really excited! I know I’ll learn a lot through this little experiment – about art making, about loosening up and playing, about myself – and I’m looking forward to it.

I’m not sure what my play time will look like this week. I have the pencils, I have the paper, annnd… I also have the huge block, still. I have to remind myself to not complicate things unnecessarily, which can be a bit of a challenge for me. With that in mind, I think I’ll give myself permission to just play with color combinations, or something simple like that.

Will you play with me?

I’ll report back here every week, and I would love it if you wanted to join me.

Your thing doesn’t have to be art making; it can be any practice you’ve been wanting to create a space for in your life. You don’t have to do it on Fridays, or at 4:00 pm, or for any given length of time on any kind of set schedule.

Choose your activity, choose your time. Whatever you do, whenever you do it, you know that you’re not alone. I, for one, appreciate knowing we’ll be doing this together, and creating a supportive community around this playful experiment.

Considering that community is created through shared experience…

You’re welcome to share what you plan on trying or how it went, if and when you feel like it. You can do it in a few words, through a picture, or any other way you can think of! You can do it here in the comments or as a post on your own blog, on Twitter (let’s use the hashtag #fridayatfour), or elsewhere – just let us know in the comments so that we can find your contribution and cheer you on!

Thanks for joining me, and happy playing!

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9 Responses to Friday at Four #1 – The beginning

  1. Danielle P. says:

    I like this idea very much! I could definitely use more playfulness in my life — I’m not sure what form it’ll take, but I’ll be joining you!

    • Josiane says:

      Yay! So glad to have you on board! And really, who couldn’t benefit from a little more playfulness? I have a feeling your activity of choice might involve your camera… If so, I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures!

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