Week 7 – My World Drawing Challenge

When I started this blog I was not sure what to do and I realise that still don’t, So I need to spend more time and care with my posts, as not having a website yet, this is where people come and visit and frankly it needs some love and care!!So for the month of March I will start updating my blog and making more interesting. (fingers crossed)

I will be sharing my love of plants and growing things as I get my balcony ready for spring, this year I will growing loads of flowers , for inspiration for my pattern designs and drawings. I get so much pleasure from watching things grow, nature is truly wonderful, I love my life to be surrounded by plants indoors and out. I had a big tidy up and sort of my balcony, the sun was shinning and it felt good to be out their pottering around. I call it my garden in the sky and feel very blessed to have some where I can make my own.

My Little Garden in the Sky
My Little Garden in the Sky

I have had a very busy and creative week,but feel I am really getting int the swing of my daily drawing challenge and its become something I do, it’s not a chore but a lovely part of my day just to sit and draw whatever I want.

Day 43 My World Drawing Challenge
Day 43 – Still drawing the chairs, they are so hard and have really taxed my brain at times, but this is a challenge and so I keep going.
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Day 44 – sometimes I just draw with no idea or real thought, I find it a great way to relax a form of creative meditation, and I just love plants and flowers, they will always be a massive inspiration and part of my world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to chairs, I have always struggled with scale and I want things to fit on the page but they seem to get bigger, with time and practice It will get better!!
Back to chairs, I have always struggled with scale and I want things to fit on the page but they seem to get bigger, with time and practice It will get better!!
Day 46 - I love my sketchbooks and use them daily, they are very important to me, I always find starting them hard, the first page! But now I start them like this and it seems to work for me.
Day 46 – I love my sketchbooks and use them daily, they are very important to me, I always find starting them hard, the first page! But now I start them like this and it seems to work for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 48 - I have decided to still draw chairs but to make them more interesting to draw and then i don't just focus on the chair!! I have added a plant on top.
Day 48 – I have decided to still draw chairs but to make them more interesting to draw and then I don’t just focus on the chair!! I have added a plant on top.
Day 47 - Was having an off day so i just drew flowers as i have said before it relaxes me gives me time to think!
Day 47 – Was having an off day so i just drew flowers as I have said before it relaxes me gives me time to think!

I just love drawing Mandalas
I just love drawing Mandalas

 

To end the week I have drawn a Mandala, I discovered Mandala drawing a few years  ago and its helped me so much,I am more creative and confidence in my abilities,      I learnt it’s not about the end result but the proses of making a Mandala that is  important. They care a great way to calm the mind and help you to relax!

Have a wonderful week and be creative it makes sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5 and 6 – Round Up – My World Drawing Challenge

I have decided to put these two weeks together, as I have seemed to confuse myself as to where my week starts and finishes. I am so pleased with myself for keeping up my daily drawing,I can see the improvement in my drawing skills I am becoming more confident and experimenting and just going for it, as I have to produce something everyday. Also when I am tired and it’s getting late in the day and I still have not put pen to paper, I get in a slight panic and think what am I going to do, those days I seen to produce some of my freer drawings. So pleased I am doing this Yay for challenging yourself, everyone should do it once in a while 🙂

 

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I was really unsure of how to depict the view from my window at night time, as it seemed overwhelming. But I am glad I went for it. pleased with the outcome 🙂


Day 30 My World Drawing Challenge
After yesterday could not resist doing another one, love working just in paint, most enjoyable 🙂

 

Day 31 My World Drawing Challenge
Pen and Ink windows – can see patterns in this 🙂

 

Day 32 My World Drawing Challenge
More windows 🙂

 

Day 33 My World Drawing Challenge
I am very lucky to live very near Brighton Pavillion , the have stunning windows 🙂

 

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I love painting Flowers 🙂

 

Day 35 My world drawing challenge
Was sitting on the train back from London – Little Birds

 

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Random Thursday 🙂

 

Day 37 My World Drawing Challenge
This is the first painting of a face, I have painted in years. I love the work of Frida Kahlo.

 

Day 38 My World Drawing Challenge
I love Flowers 🙂

 

Day 39 My World Drawing Challenge
View from my window 🙂

 

 

As this is a personal drawing challenge, I have decided to tackle things that I find hard and have done for years. so I will face the fear and practice perspective drawing, to ease myself in to this I have decided on Chair Week

Day 40 My World Drawing Challenge
Chair Week – This beautiful rocking chair was given to me by a lovely friend, it was her grans. I love sitting in it and watch clouds 🙂

 

Day 41 My world drawing Challenge
Chairs are hard to draw, but this is a challenge 🙂

 

Day 42 My World Drawing Challenge
More Chairs 🙂

 

My World Drawing Challenge – Week 4 Round-up

I am a bit late with this weeks round up, so a short post with pictures. 🙂

Had a lovely walk on the beach and was inspired by the things I found
Had a lovely walk on the beach and was inspired by the things I found
Found a great book in the charity shop on 18th century textiles. Very inspiring indeed :)
Found a great book in the charity shop on 18th century textiles. Very inspiring indeed 🙂
Again inspired by the book, i do love drawing florals so much :)
Again inspired by the book, i do love drawing florals so much 🙂

 

Flowers in red :)
Flowers in red 🙂

I decided that drawing florals is not a challenge to me, as I love them and have been drawing them for years. so I decided for the next week I would draw things I see out of my windows.

Part view from out of the window, from my desk :)
Part view from out of the window, from my desk 🙂
I sat on the balcony all wrapped up cosy and warm listing to chilled music and decided to draw windows :)
I sat on the balcony all wrapped up cosy and warm listing to chilled music and decided to draw windows 🙂
This is a view of my balcony from the comfort of my rocking chair, A few plants still about :)
This is a view of my balcony from the comfort of my rocking chair, A few plants still about 🙂

My World Drawing Challenge – Wk 3 Round-up

Week 3 already and a lot is going on in my world. firstly I am loving my daily drawing challenge, even the days when I have been working on something else and it getting late, the commitment is made I must draw something everyday and I do with surprising results. I do love to draw and even after 3 weeks I am improving. Yay!! It’s all about practice.

So this week I have been working on my Journal cover for Bootcamp which I have been enjoying so much , lovely and supportive group and it gets me out of my comfort zone, from the initial brief and the colour palette. I promised myself that I would stick with the colour palette given as I tend to go with ones with colours I like. I will post the finished piece in next weeks update.

This week I pushed myself and drew my first self-portrait in over 10 years!!!! it was a very hard thing to do but also quite liberating , looking at yourself in such detail is an eye opener. I will be doing more, I thought 1 a month is reasonable.

I love drawing  Mandalas, very good way to calm the mind, and to draw without any idea how its going to turn out. its just about the process :)
I love drawing Mandalas, very good way to calm the mind, and to draw without any idea how its going to turn out. its just about the process 🙂
My 1st self-portrait !!!!!!!
My 1st self-portrait !!!!!!!
I love Bird and Bear :)
I love Bird and Bear 🙂
I love little tins, found this at a carboot sale :)
I love little tins, found this at a carboot sale 🙂
I was inspired by the little tin, I love things in pots.
I was inspired by the little tin, I love things in pots.
Thai is my most favorite drawing tool my lamy fine nib fountain pen :)
Thai is my most favorite drawing tool my lamy fine nib fountain pen 🙂
This little drawing was inspired by poppyhead and little pots :)
This little drawing was inspired by poppyhead and little pots 🙂

the wonderful thing is,I have so many ideas for designs and illustrations, just from my daily drawings, it makes me very happy 🙂

You can see more of my work on instagram and on Facebook Amanda Claire Designs

Thank you so much for reading this, creativity is so important in our lives, it makes us feel good and takes us away and puts us in our own little world.

I am blessed and happy that I have finally made time to follow my creative path and I am so excited, who knows what is just around the corner 🙂

My World Drawing Challenge Week 2 round up

A bit late this week with my round up, I have been managing to upload my drawing to instagram and my Facebook page daily.

I am really enjoying myself with this challenge, and lucky to have a fellow classmate and pattern friend Lisa who works under the name Studio Noodles   http://www.studionoodles.com/blog/4584266119 who is also taking part in  the daily drawing challenge, we can keep each other going.

I do love a cup and saucer, painted in gouache and i used my trust Lamy :)
I do love a cup and saucer, painted in gouache and i used my trust Lamy 🙂

its real good to draw things that you would not normally, I am getting out of my comfort zone, Yay it’s about time.

Random small things found on my desk.
Random small things found on my desk.
This is one of my best possessions, if you asked me to choose between radio or tv, Radio would win hands down,. when i am drawing  love having the radio on, great plays and stories and it how I hear the news. I LOVE MY RADIO.
This is one of my best possessions, if you asked me to choose between radio or tv, Radio would win hands down,. when I am drawing love having the radio on, great plays and stories and it how I hear the news. I LOVE MY RADIO.
I have had this little bird for years, it sits happily on my shelf, this is the first time i have drawn her. :) I will be making a little bird pattern.
I have had this little bird for years, it sits happily on my shelf, this is the first time i have drawn her. 🙂 I will be making a little bird pattern.
This is a doodle drawn while i was in some mandatory training on Monday.  I have to draw otherwise i fidget :) this has been included as this is My World in my head.
This is a doodle drawn while i was in some mandatory training on Monday. I have to draw otherwise i fidget 🙂 this has been included as this is My World in my head.
I love to rescue plants and this one was left down stairs in the lobby, so i popped it on my window sill in the kitchen, and it flowered!! my first orchid, very happy :)
I love to rescue plants and this one was left down stairs in the lobby, so i popped it on my window sill in the kitchen, and it flowered!! my first orchid, very happy 🙂
I really like poppy heads and i have kept this for years. this deserves a pattern being made from it :)
I really like poppy heads and i have kept this for years. this deserves a pattern being made from it 🙂

One of the things i decided to do was make patterns inspired by my drawing challenge, so i chose the drawing from day 1 with the lemon in, and came up with this

I am really pleased how this has come out, My mum really likes this so i am going to attempt to make a apron for her. my sewing skills are not brilliant in fact they are pretty dreadful. mmm i think i might need some help :)
I am really pleased how this has come out, My mum really likes this so i am going to attempt to make a apron for her. my sewing skills are not brilliant in fact they are pretty dreadful. mmm i think i might need some help 🙂

My World Drawing Challenge – Week 1 Roundup :)

Wow what a creative start to 2015, what with my drawing challenge, setting up my Facebook page Amanda Claire Designs , and taking part in Lilla Rogers Bootcamp, so glad i joined Bootcamp is going to be an amazing experience and will expand my portfolio and get me out of my comfort zone.

https://www.facebook.com/amandaclairedesignspattern?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

http://lillarogers.com/school/assignment-bootcamp/

So it all go for me and I love it. Being creative on a daily basis is now part of my life, I feel invigorated and excited about this year. I have the wonderful support from friends and family and my fellow pattern makes from around the world, the online groups I am with are fantastic, we help and support and share our knowledge and ideas, in a positive way. 🙂

I have set myself a few personal goals with my drawing challenge, and from my drawings I will be creating patterns on a monthly basis,  drawing things I don’t normally do and doing it every day.

Day1- How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
Day 1 How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much- but its hard as i love it :) - Lamy pen and fineliners
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much but its hard as i love it 🙂 – Lamy pen and fineliners
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when i was at art college- Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when I was at art college Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided i need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many :) - watercolour, pencil
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided I need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many 🙂 – watercolour, pencil and fineliner
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, :) watercolour, pencil
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, 🙂 watercolour, pencil
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer i used it to keep sweetpeas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer I used it to keep sweet peas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen

Well that’s a roundup of my first week. I love to draw and I know that practice is the key, the more you do it the better you get,and for me it makes me happy. I have a few other resolutions which so far are going well.

1. Drink warm lemon first thing.

2. Meditate for 10 mins or more a day

3. Be more mindful of what I eat

4. I am not drinking alcohol for January, but truthfully I would like to stop all together, I day at a time 🙂

Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my drawings and follow me over the year on my journey.  🙂

My World Drawing Challenge 2015

Wow 2014 has been the most creative year of my life, finally finding my artistic purpose, I have kept sketchbooks for years and now know how to bring the drawings inside alive. I have taken part in two fantastic on-line courses The Art of Business and Surface Pattern Design, module 1 and 2, check out the link to find out more.  https://makeitindesign.com/

I have now got a wonderful creative space to create designs, draw or just stare out of the window and enjoy my amazing view. I gave up my job in the week and now just work weekends which pays the bills and alows me the freedom to follow my dreams.I feel confident in my in my artistc ability and have started to really find my style with my designs and I feel great, in fact it the happist I have felt in a long time.I am excited to see what 2015 brings. 🙂

I understand the importance of practice. So I decided to set myself a daily drawing challenge for 2015 I have called it My World..
My goals for this challenge are…
1. Draw something from my world daily.
2. Experiment with mediums.
3. Draw things I might not usually.
4. Post on Instagram and Facebook daily.
5. Do a weekly roundup on my blog .
6. Most of all Enjoy the Creative process and have Fun 😊😃

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Day 29 and 30 Better late than never… 😊

I have finally finished my houseplant drawing challenge.. The final weekend was non-stop so had no time…
I have enjoyed this challenge so much and have got so much out of it.. Ideas for designs, improvement of drawing skills, and it’s true the more you do something the better you get…
I really appreciate the great feedback I have had on here and on my instagram   http://instagram.com/amandaclairedesigns

My confidence has improved so much and I am looking forward to turning my drawings and paintings in to some beautiful patterns.

I am going to start My World on January 1st 2015.. A Drawing a day of things I find in my world… Really looking forward to this. It’s longer than a month but I draw everyday and I like a challenge..😊

A mix up with a few of my favorite plants :)
A mix up with a few of my favorite plants 🙂