Tuesday, May 01, 2007

And finally…

If this is your first visit to this blog, you’ve arrived at the end of a year long project. In April 2006 I set the challenge ‘Walk a minimum of one mile from home. Record where you’ve been with a drawing, sculpture, photo or painting and then walk back. Every day for a year.’ To my great delight Alison and Penny in Australia (amongst others who eventually dropped by the wayside) joined me. Each day our lives touched at our daily posts, sometimes observing the same things and sometimes showing each other the uniqueness of our own environments. So now, for me , the challenge is over, and the drawing of where I started most of my walks is on the last post below. However if you’d like to experience our year in the order in which it happened, do click on the archives in the side bar, starting with April 2006. If you’d like to see regularly updated work, please visit my other blog, Julie’s Pictures.


Blogger ksklein said...

well at least i discovered your interesting blog a few days before you ended your project! :)
so what will you be doing now?

8:02 am  
Blogger wheatgerm said...

This is great congrats, I hope my apple trees and coffee plant share the same fate of this blog. It has been an inspiration to me and probably many other bloggers alike

10:01 pm  
Blogger Carl said...

Very interesting project; definitely a keeper! My question is, how did you fit this daily event into the demands of daily life, holding a fulltime job, commuting, errands, social gatherings etc?

2:29 pm  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

ksklein – first a break, but the next thing will start soon
Wheatgerm - thank you
Carl - it was knowing that all those readers were checking in that kept me going and a girl and her dog have to get their exercise!

9:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great idea. I like your illustrations, it's great. Your drawings are also really nice to learn from about composition and stuff for me.

4:27 pm  
Blogger Nita said...

I've been gone too long from this blog and am thrilled you completed the year so brilliantly!

This painting-a-day is a wonderful goal. I'm doing it in a small way, without pressure, in my doodly way.

And I found this today--don't know if you know about this guy:

5:47 pm  
Blogger peggy koenig said...

Serendipity is a wonderful thing. This morning I had the brilliant idea of walking/biking every day and creating a work of art to reflect this journey (I had no distance or time frame in mind). This evening, while randomly looking at art sites online, I can across your wonderful blog. I'm sorry I missed your journey (it would have been fun to join along) but thank you for sharing the adventure and offering your insight and ideas. I look forward to reading of your year from the beginning and what you have planned for the future. As for myself, my journey begins tomorrow.
Live beautifully.

3:16 am  
Anonymous suncage said...

Congratulations Julie and thank you, I enjoyed visiting...

2:27 am  
Blogger Kate said...

I have just found your blog and have enjoyed reading through ... what a brilliant idea. And how inspirational!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your artwork ...

2:33 am  
Blogger Nick_Parker said...

hi there,
I've just re-visited your blog after not looking at it for a few months. lovely to see it finished, there's a great sense of completeness to it. it must have been a very fulfilling project.
best wishes,

12:18 pm  
Blogger Katherine said...

I wondered if you lost any inches or weight doing this two mile walk daily.

K. Forrest

3:04 am  
Blogger happyone said...

Congratulations on completing the year. I walk every day but don't take a photo each day. I take some pictures but mostly I just record the route I walk, how far I walk, what I see, who I see, the weather, & anything else I happen to see.
This is the first time I've seen your blog but I will be a regular reader now.

9:36 pm  
Blogger df said...

congratulations on your wonderful project. Your sketches/paintings are fantastic. Would make a great book!

9:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julie,

What a beautiful site we have stumbled across! We're considering moving to Sandridge so it was so nice to see your different walks captured so amazingly! Is it a nice village to move to? Nice community? What is Sandridge School like as we have 2 young children.

If you are able to reply that would be great jo.foster@hendersonphillips.co.uk. thanks - sorry to trouble you :) x

9:48 pm  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Wow!!! that's pretty much what went through my mind as I read your blog! I'm a university student who has a passion and talent for all forms of visual art...but am stuck taking business. Living away from home for the first time and in a new city I think that this would be an awesme way for me to get my bearings! I'm definitely going to try and do this during the summer (gotta keep the nose in the books for now!) thank for the inspiration!

10:56 pm  

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