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.

2 Years of Daily Drawing Time for Year 3- Painting 💚

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.
Day 44 Myworld Drawing Challenge
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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