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Art for the fun of it (the love edition)

Art For The Fun Of It continues, and I have to say that this is the most fun I’ve ever had doing a 30-day challenge. I pop open my sketchbook at the end of every day, after I’ve crossed the last thing from my to-do list, had dinner, and cleaned up the kitchen. That’s when I sit down with my sketchbook and pens and think, “Now for the fun stuff…” … like these doodly waves (which I think would look really fun in shades of blue and green, as ocean waves in a larger piece)…   … and these doodly arrows.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (half way through my 30-day challenge)

I’m just past the half-way point of my Art For The Fun Of It 30-day challenge. Here are this week’s masterpieces of play! I’m also using this challenge to work on my photography skills. I just set up a table for painting and photographing in a windowed corner of my work space. The light is so much better there. All I need to do now is master my camera.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (sketchbook heaven)

And my Art For The Fun Of It 30-day challenge continues! Look at all these happy little guys! It took a few nights to finish my Red & Black experiment, but I had a lot of fun with it. I took a first night progress shot of my Puddle-wonderful doodle, which was inspired (obviously?) by the ee cummings poem, “in Just,” which I love.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (in full swing)

My “Art For The Fun Of It” 30-Day Challenge is on!

The challenge officially started on the 1st and will continue through the month of June, but I started a few days early because – holy wow! – I’d forgotten how much fun it is to draw in a sketchbook without any intention of selling the result. I. Am. Loving. This.… Read more

Art for the fun of it (getting intentional)

I came away from Oprah and Deepak’s latest 21-day meditation experience with three really important ideas. I’ve written about two of them already: the importance of cultivating awe in our lives,  and the notion that nearly everything we do either adds to or diminishes our personal power. The third big idea? Setting intentions. Yes, I know that setting intentions isn’t a new or surprising idea, but the reason every personal development guru tells us to do it is because it works.… Read more

The elemental act of creation itself

My 30 Days Of Hand Lettering challenge has ended and the most important thing I learned is something I already knew: the best way to get your creative juices flowing is to create. Whenever I do these 30 day creative challenges (and anyone who’s doing NaNoWriMo right now will back me up on this), I am reminded of the value of a daily practice, especially the practice of creation, pure and simple.… Read more

What love and art can do

I started doing 30-Day challenges after watching Matt Cutt’s TED talk, “Try Something New for 30 Days.” In my first post on the subject, I said: I try a lot of new things. I’m a big believer in shaking my life up and, for better or worse, I don’t do all that well with routine. The older I get, the more I crave… well, new.… Read more

The road is life

I’m going on a road trip. I love road trips. Despite all my experience to the contrary… like the time my brother got car sick and my mother gave him my sweater to throw up into, or the time Chad and I ran out of gas and had to push our car a quarter of mile UPHILL to get to the gas station, or the time we drove through Death Valley with the heater on because our truck kept overheating and Chad said we had to take the heat off the engine, or the time I got dehydrated and delirious just outside Las Vegas and thought I might be having a stroke.… Read more

Music to juggle by

I’m so psyched to have been interviewed by Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings as part of their fantastic Artist Interviews podcast. Mitch and I started emailing while I was taking the Pencil Kings 30-day Figure Drawing class. One thing led to another in that way that one things often do, and he invited me to be on the podcast. I admit that, in my head, I went through several stages of “no, I’m not worthy” before I boldy replied “yes, absolutely.” (And by boldly, I mean doubtfully and with grave reservations.) I’m so glad I didn’t let fear make my decision.… Read more

It’s (not) complicated

I’m writing this post on Day 24 of my 30-Day Art Challenge. On the one hand, I’ve loved this challenge. Ever since my octopus, it’s been one doodly preoccupation after another. On the other hand, the challenge has made me feel under pressure every day to produce my own art (versus art I’ve promised and/or been paid to do), whether or not that was the right place for me to focus my energy.… Read more

When an octopus grabs hold…

It is, as I type, Day 10 of my 30-day art challenge, and I’m having So. Much. Fun. My goal with this challenge was to engage with my art every day, preferably on a project I wasn’t being paid for and hadn’t promised to anyone because I was finding it harder and harder to make time for my own random, occasionally inadvisable, soul-filling art whims.… Read more
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