Inspiration from within…this is the piece I created with Day 2 prompt. By drawing a line and drawing inspiration from it.
The outcome is a neverending mobius strip in a starry background…which turns out to be made of paper too. At the same time they are black and white and waiting on colours to be brought in, thinking about it.
Looking at it I get a sense of completion, yet journey ahead of me. And a child-like urge to colour in the stars in the background. Perhaps I should do it. What do you think? 🙂 The more I look at it, the more a right way it seems. Will keep you updated.
In May I am running this unique mixture of visual art training and art therapy self-experiential challenge: #becometheartistyouare.
For a month, in twenty-minutes a day (minimum) you will unblock, find, explore and develop your own arting inspirations and learn more about your world, yourself and the things in between in the process.
This is how (a curtain pulled, syllabus revealed).
All you need is yourself, your phone camera, a pencil and a sketchbook. That will do to start with.
Week One is all about getting rid our our arting fears and finding and developing our own ways of seeing
Day 0 — Looking at where we are
Day 1 — Making a baad drawing
Day 2 — Drawing a Line
Day 3 — Looking and Seeing
Day 4 — Seeing some more
Day 5 — Write up your Seeing manifesto
Day 6 — Show and Tell
Day 7 — Arting Reflection
Week 2 is all about learning from your favourite artist’s work, which speaks to you the most currently. You learn authentically from them and about yourself.
Day 8 — Inspired By: Your choice
Day 9 — Inspired By: How was it made?
Day 10 — Inspired By: What does it mean?
Day 11 — Inspired By: What did they mean?
Day 12 — Inspired By: What does it mean to me?
Day 13 — Inspired By: Show and Tell — My Inspired Answer
Day 14 — Arting Reflection
Week 3 and Week 4 are devoted to developing the material you have created using elements and guiding principles of art and design…and looking at what it all means for yourself too.
Day 15 — Nothing/ness
Day 16 — Point and Line
Day 17 — Shape
Day 18 — Texture
Day 19 — Space
Day 20 — Time and/in Motion
Day 21 — Value
Day 22 — Color
Day 23 — Unity/Harmony
Day 24 — Balance
Day 25 — Scale/Proportion
Day 26 — Contrast/Emphasis
Day 27 — Rhythm
Week 5 is about preparing to Show and Tell, to share authentically what you have created. And…deciding how to move on.
Day 28 — Looking at it all and seeing what it means
Day 29 — Choices, Choices
Day 30 — Preparing to show/share
Day 31 — Show and Tell: #becometheartistyouare
Day 32 — Celebrate and Reflect
Day 33 — Where next?
Daily I am sending out the arting prompt direct to your inbox. When you put in the arting work, and follow/spend time on these arting prompts daily, you are guaranteed to get your arting juices back, develop a creating habit/discipline and take your arting to the next level. As well as discover things about yourself you did not know or did not acknowledge fully. You #becometheartistyouare. More of herself.
There is a friendly and safe community in place to share your ahas, questions and observations. Ready to join us? Go here.
Cultivate attitude of gratitude…and see how it feeds your heart and mind with warmth, love and increased creativity.
Today I am grateful for breathing…for my painting practice and people around me. For my sanity.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been painting #aportraitadaykeepsthedoctoraway series. Check it out on instagram. It is a journey there and back along with my cycle. I kind of knew it but this made me fully realize how much it affects my mood, my way of doing things.
Now in incubation phase, I shall take it easy again.
And…did you know? We are starting the #becometheartistyouare challenge in ten days! Pwyw offer on until the end of weekend, which is my birthday. :-). Join in here.
Discern. Use critical thinking. Don’t take it personally. Or do…just with a pinch of salt.
Take in what sounds right (in your heart).
Be good to yourself.
Turn the inner critic to your inner coach and cheerer-on.
Share. Do it. See what happens.
And tell us. Here.
This how to creativity series is geared to warm us up for May, the month to #becometheartistyoure. A 30-Day challenge taking your from zilch to authentic work of art and sharing it. In twenty minutes a day. Are you in?
Yes. Somebody had said that you are the sum of the five people you spend most time with.
Who is it then?
Surround yourself with those who empower you, support you and encourage you.
Last time I was looking for creative friends…I hid a secret message in my favourite books in the library. Some interesting interactions ensued. And one good friend resulted.
Last time I thought about this, I stopped talking to my Dad. :-). Since then we reconnected, but for some time I needed that time-out from him and our interactions.
Think about it, then go and do it. Nothing to lose. A world of you to gain.
I mean it. If you must…sing in the shower. Or somewhere nobody can hear.
What is your inner song?
Is it a popular melody from the radio? Is it your own hum? Your own tune?
Listen to yourself. Carefully. Tune into the radio of you.
And then…go, and create.
See what happens!
I have been posting these creative challenge prompts as a way of warming up to #becometheartistyouare 30Day challenge that starts in May. If you want to share your journey, why not join us in Arting group.