Today’s prompt has taken me to the garden. From noticing the lost shiny objects, my eyes wondered through the thicket of foliage to unforeseen openings and new shoots and leaves. The tools are there – boots and a spade (reminding me to call a spade a spade)…and it is called “challenge”. Nothing in the way of new shoots and leaves growth.
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.
I look forward to arting the May away with you!
…somewhere you have never been…even if it is just that street round the corner you have never ventured into…or the aisle in the supermarket you never entered.
Go…have a look around. And see what you discover.
Alternatively…take your camera and try to see your usual route to work as if you had never been on it before. Put your newbie/beginner glasses on. See what happens. Tell us/share your results.
P.S. May is the #becometheartistyouare challenge month. In twenty minutes a day of arting…you develop your creativity and learn s…loads (excuse my French) about yourself, the world around you and the stuff in between. That is what good art does, and that is what we shall be doing…arting. Are you in yet?
…was the brand tagline I came up with on my instagram feed. When I was trying to fit in my painting, my jewellery and my teaching into one basket (Easter eggs pun intended).
So, mi dears…in case you don’t know…I am hopelessly creative.
I have been working on my #seemetoseeyourself portrait project since last year. Started off as a connecting lifeline to the world – talking and painting friends over skype, this evolved into its own life upon finding out that I somehow (don’t ask me how) manage to capture how people feel and are on the inside at the time we speak/I paint them. Also it turned out that these portrait sessions were rather therapeutic, even without speaking, because the act of being seen, being witnessed is a powerful one, even over skype.
The #silverlining jewellery collection came about as an answer to my childhood memories and a spring cleaning discovery of a jar filled with these 70s and 80s vintage plastic beads. The result is simple, playful…yet somehow profound I find. :-). Pun intended again.
And as you may know, I have been writing a book, and most recently turned it into a 30-day challenge e-course #becometheartistyouare. You can join us for a rollercoaster of exploration, discovery and authentic art making. All you need is twenty minutes a day, a sketchbook, pencil, phone camera and yourself. No prior arting experience required. Promised.
Art as therapy. Art as an answer. If in doubt, throw art at it. Has been my motto ever since…well, way back ten years minimum. Before that I was hopelessly stuck. Fearing I was not talented enough…and not entitled to create at all. It hurt. It itched. It burst.
Bit like a butterfly out of a cocoon.
And the butterfly is fluttering its wings…and spreading the message and if you feel inspired by any of it…join me on the challenge, or get yourself a portrait session or a fun ring or a set.
All on post-Easter offer. Rather generous one. Get in touch if interested.
Five years ago, I created a photographic series Everyday Courages as part of a digital photography class by Dion McInnis. The class and my resulting work proved to be more about life than photography…if that makes sense.
For a week I just walked around and looked and saw…what I was seeing.
These were the resulting images.
to get up,
to get lost,
to get out again,
to get hurt,
to hang loose,
and to touch.
Now looking back at them, I feel like revisiting these Everyday Courages and finding out if/how they have changed for me since 2011.
So I am going to look around and see again, at what I see…with this particular focus in mind.
And…if you feel like…you could join me…this time round.
I feel like collecting our Everyday Courages, get inspired by them and encouraged.
If this speaks to you…would you send me your images with a title in the format “Courage to…”?
I am not quite sure where this will go…but I have a feeling, in my couer/heart, the heart of the word encourage, that I should explore this with others.
If you have any questions, ideas or answers…pop them in here. I am looking forward to them.
Remember how yesterday I wrote about the roots in the originality of our art, and growing wings?
Well, listening to new music can help you do just that. Nothing against your oldies goldies and personal evergreens…however, new, before unheard piece of music can take you to new places, literally.
How do you pick it? A bit of Dada perhaps? Or just go to youtube and see what they recommend for you based on what you already listen to…or ask your friends or leaf through your favourite mag’s culture/music section.
Do it today, listen to some new music…and report the findings, insights, and ahas :-). Why not join us in Arting group for that?
This creativity challenge is a warm up to May which is a month to #becometheartistyouare. To find out more about this group month-long arting challenge, go here.
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.
Going on a virtual fast can be hard…yet totally worth it :), says I as I close mine (computer) for the day, off onto pastures virtually free 🙂
What could you do when you are not online? Look around…don’t panic…and have fun with it. Report the results later in the day/evening 🙂