1000 days of Drawing – Yay and Whoop to Me.

Today I have just drawn my 1000 consecutive daily drawing! To be honest I am very pleased with myself. It’s been a journey in to exploring my creative side and realising that being an artist is who I am and who I was always meant to be. 

When I started my daily drawing challenge in 2015 ,I don’t think I really realised what I was getting myself into. I had done a 30 day drawing challenge but committing to a whole year that was a different matter. So glad I did.Whats life without challenges, might as well set my own as it’s my rules.

Day1- How I Start My Day
Day1- 2015

There a lot more in between, I have surprised myself with how much art I have generated over the last 1000 days.

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Day 1000 – 2017

 

Why I started daily practice 

In 2014 I learnt how to make a basic repeat pattern, it’s something I had wanted to learn for years, In 2005 I worked as a  screen printer in a studio which was shared by surface pattern designers I was fascinated and chatted with them loads and they where happy to show me what they where up to, but the job changed, time and life took over and I did nothing about it. So I had learnt the basics I wanted to learn more and I knew I had to be committed to this as there are so many people with the same dreams.

I love to draw but knew I need to practice and experiment more get out my comfort zone and just get on with it By starting the daily practice I was not letting my art be on the back burner but making part of my daily life

Daily Practice is taking something you do to the next level by committing to daily practice be it art , writing , meditation, exercise – you make a decision that you want to challenge yourself to see where it takes you, the only way to do that is to practice there are no short cuts the more you do something the better you get.

Don’t get me wrong some days it’s a struggle life can get in the way but you do find the time as it becomes part of your day. Sometimes  I am having a bad day , over thinking , or just can’t be arsed. But making the commitment means I have to just do it, regardless of what the art looks like as at times I make shit art but its all part of the process  It gets posted to Instagram and I go and have a beer,tomorrow is another day .

Confidence in my abilities as an artist and in myself as a person has been the most wonderful thing that has happened to me over the last 1000 days  also learnt not to worry as much what other people think some will like your art some won’t just keep making it regardless, it’s all about daily practice. 

Tips on starting your own creatively daily practice 

  • You  make the rules you decided how you want to do it ,time, medium , size 
  • Start off with a 30 day challenge make your own list or follow somebody else’s 

Inktober2017 

  • This starts on the 1st of October you just make a drawing everyday that month there is a prompt list or you can make your own or just draw and see what happens.

(Last year I followed the prompt list last year but this year I am going to set my own.) 

  • Always have a sketchbook in your bag and don’t forget a pen I love my Lamy ink pen.
  • Try new materials use cheap sketchbooks make a mess go wrong, just have fun.
  • Draw things you have never drawn before.
  • You will find the time if you really want to do it, give yourself permission to have 30 mins a day to be creative. 
  • You dont have to show anyone just do it for yourself.                                                                          It’s so worth it for your mental wellbeing trust me I know.

I will continue with my daily drawing but will change and evolve but I know it’s part of my daily life and so happy it is.

The next stage is to get my website up and running it’s underway but it’s scary as this is the next big leap and just go for it there is no point making all this art and patterns if it’s all sitting in folders in my studio. Time to leap.

So I look forward to see where the next 1000 days takes me on my creative journey.

Mindful Mandala Drawing, Spain, Hula-hoops and my first solo travel adventure 

I am lucky to be spending 3 weeks in Spain, I am going on an adventure. I get to paint and draw, and see new and wonderful things, to be honest I am more than excited, just need to get away and when I return I will be ready for the next part of my creative life.Time to get my Etsy shop and website up and running and put 100% in to my business. I am an artist and that is my future. Where it takes me who knows but I am ready.

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My art kit, for my adventure.

I am spending 4 days in Barcelona with my lovely friend we will be celebrating my birthday, I love Barcelona it’s so beautiful and vibrant and of course filled with the beautiful architecture of Gaudi

Then of to a beautiful mansion to attend the Spanish Hoop holiday,it’s an hour from Girona in the middle of know where and it’s so amazing, time to recharge my batteries. I will be hula-hooping , swimming in a pool and just relaxing and enjoying being with my hoopy friends from far and wide, and meeting new ones.

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This wonderful photo taken by the very talented Joshua Smythe says it all.

I will be running my 1st Mindful Mandala Drawing Workshop , it’s very special to me to be going back there as 3 years ago I ran my 1st Mandala drawing workshop , I was so nervous but if I had not taken that step I doubt my love of Mandalas and the benefits of drawing then would have evolved to what it is now.

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Mindful Mandala Drawing

Writing this post and reflecting back I have achieved loads over the last 3 years, personally I have become calmer ,happier and able to deal with situations in a more relaxed way. But the big thing is I like myself and being in my own company,my creative side has bloomed and now could not imagine my life with out daily creativity.

I had some postcards printed  to take with me and sell,its fantastic seeing my designs in print so pleased how they turned out.

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Very happy with my postcards

 

After the week with my friends I leave them to travel to Granada, this will be the 1st solo traveling I have ever done. I need to do this as I want to travel alone have adventures, draw and explore , sit and sketch people and take in the surroundings at my pace. I have time to think and make plans, set goals and draw.

I have been away when I was 17 me and 2 friends went inter-railing for a month, ended up in the Greek islands.  When my son was 9 we went to Thailand, for a month with friends. I visit France regally

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Me and Sunny in Koh Pha Ngan 2000
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Me and my lovely Sunny having lunch in the sunshine 2016

So at the age of 46 (as of next week) I will be traveling to Granada , I am so excited, scared  all rolled into one.I have been practicing my Spanish for quite a while now and am ready to practice for real, I understand stuff but need to get the confidence to speak it.

I have found my self a lovely room in an apartment through Airbnb and will be spending a week there getting to know Granada I have booked a ticket for the Alhambra and have my art kit ready

When I leave Granada I am flying back via Paris a place I have only been very briefly when I was inte-railing , we left the station to get coffee and then got back on the train only staying in Paris for an hour. I will be spending 2 days there with a friend who will be showing me around it will be a lovely end to a fantastic holiday.

So here I go on the next chapter of my life, my sons grown up and living in his own place, working and doing his thing.(He is a very good artist very different from me lol) Now its time for me, I look forward to sharing my experience of my adventure when I return.

You can follow my Daily People Sketching and other drawing of my trip on Instagram 

Thank you for reading this 🙂