It’s been awhile since I ventured beyond the typical stores and restaurants I always visit, and when you’ve lived in the same area for an extended period of time, things can start to get pretty boring. It can be difficult to feel inspired when you’re seeing the same stuff day in and day out. Continue reading
2016 turned out to be one of the most artistically productive years of my life. I created around 85 pattern designs and turned drawing into a daily habit, something I have wanted to cultivate since I was in art school over ten years ago!
Contour line drawing is a great exercise that helps you focus while drawing. It’s one of the first lessons you learn in art school. All you have to do is not look at your paper while you draw.
Things you’ll love from around the web: Family Edition…
- How did I miss Project Runway Jr? Oh that’s right, I haven’t had cable TV for years.
- Now this is my kind of family photo shoot.
- Glennon’s writing always gets me teary-eyed.
- A huge reading list of books to empower girls.
- I love collaborative projects with children. In this one, artists bring imaginary friends to life. And here’s one where their inventions become a reality. I try to include my daughter in my work as often as possible.
When hunting for inspiration for my next pattern, I decided to start with what I already had and look into my past for ideas. I thought a great creative exercise would be to reimagine something from my childhood. Continue reading
This week, I’ve been focused on learning about the fleur-de-lis. It’s not a motif I’ve ever had much interest in, but the more I learned, the more interesting it became. Continue reading
What might you accomplish in 30 minutes for 100 days?
I first learned about the 100 days project from The Jealous Curator’s podcast “Art for Your Ear.” The podcast is an interview with artist Mary Kate McDevitt, who was at the time working on a daily project of quirky drawings of people and pets. I was immediately intrigued with the idea and decided to come up with my own project to share on Instagram. The timing was perfect, I was looking for a simple way to keep up with my creativity after my little boy was born. Something that would keep me creating everyday, but that wouldn’t require a lot of brain power.
I stuck with it, learned some new tricks, and now have a lovely collection of patterns to work with further. My favorites will be sold in my Spoonflower shop, the others were great practice and who knows how they may be used in the future. Overall, this was a great project, one I highly recommend.
There they are all together! What could you create in 100 days?
One of my goals in this process of giving myself creative challenges is to manifest a habit of creating art. I’ve been doing a lot of research into creativity recently as a way of finding my own path to a more fulfilling and artistically productive lifestyle. The more I read about creativity and the process of making art, the more I see the formation of creative habits as a common theme. So this got me thinking about how I could form my own habits. Continue reading