I’ve been studying 14th century German longsword for over a year now. It’s a wonderful martial art which has help me recover some (and make gains in other areas) of my physical prowess that’s rather fallen apart with middle age and parenthood.
Recently, I learned a new guard in which you hold the sword low and in front of you, pointed off to the side. This guard, in the German tradition, is called Schrankhut (the barrier guard). See some photos here of real longsword practitioners demonstrating the guard.
Back in November, I participated in Art Every Day month. I re-committed myself to doing something artsy every day. Even though I wasn’t entirely successful, I still enjoyed the process and truly benefited from the reminder to keep art alive in my life.
I didn’t have all the suggested materials, but I knew I could improvise. (Next year’s will be a lot better though).
I started with two empty 12-pack boxes. All right, I bought a new one just for the occasion. Quite a sacrifice, I know. Then I selected 24 bottles of brewed deliciousness, either home-brewed or store-bought.
My goal for November was to do some art every day. It was a challenge I accepted. I failed a bit. The last ten days I’ve done no visual arts, but I did finish writing 50,000 fresh new words on a novel that’s going to be totally awesome when it’s finished.
In other words, I won NaNoWriMo. (I’ll share some excerpts soon, as soon as I actually finish the story.)
So today I thought I might finish the art project I started at the beginning of the month. You, know the one with all the fish? Here’s my last fish:
I’ve been trying to do art in some form or fashion every day through November, as part of the Art Every Day Month challenge. Because I’m also doing NaNoWriMo, and attempting to write a 50000 word novel this month, I suppose that I’m accomplishing art every day so long as I’m writing every day.