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 🙂

Join me this November and try a 30-day daily drawing Challenge

I would like to invite you to join me on your very own drawing challenge this November and see why I recommend adding the commitment to daily drawing in your life.

With only 100 days left of my year-long daily drawing challenge and I decided to share with you some of the things I have noticed since taking up this challenge and how you can challenge your creative side.

I sat at my desk the other morning and took time to sit and look at the space around me and felt so proud as I love my Studio in the Sky it was only created in October last year but it feels like it’s always been here I cried not because I was sad but because I was happy. My confidence in my drawing is like nothing I’ve ever felt before I know that a lot of this is down committing to the daily drawing challenge this year and it’s not even over yet. I feel so creatively fulfilled and I am excited to see where the last 100 days of this year will take me.

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                                    My Studio in the Sky

I believe being creative every-day and making it part of your day is so important. Because I feel so strongly about daily creativity and how it’s made me feel I want to share it with people and I want people to understand and try it for themselves, and experience how daily creativity is so worthwhile and all its many benefits.

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  • CONFIDENCE – This is what has surprised me so much, it’s not just the confidence in my drawing my overall confidence has grown 100%. This has been noticed by others people to. I feel confident to call myself an artist.
  • DRAWING SKILLS – It’s really true what they say the more you do something the better you get. I experiment more with ideas and draw things I have never drawn before. I really enjoy drawing and if the subject is out of my comfort zone, I just give it a go and see what happens; some times the end results can be quite surprising.


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  • YOU CAN FIND THE TIME – If you really want to you can find the time, you can just set your self a time limit that you spend on the drawing – we can all find 30 minutes in a day. It’s important to take time for ourselves its good for our mental wellbeing by taking 30 mins to sit and draw or doodle, is a form of meditation it helps calm the mind and is relaxing.
  • THINGS YOU LEARN – Not everyone will like your work and that’s ok, you can’t please everyone.Sometimes I have posted a drawing online and I am really not happy with it but it will get the most likes. The ones you think are really good don’t get so much response. So now I don’t worry and I enjoy making it and if it’s liked it a bonus.I realize that the process of making the art is as important as the finished piece. When I stopped thinking what it would look like and started enjoying making the art, experimenting with materials, drawing new things I find the art I make now much more exciting.

I really recommend reading: Steal Like An Artist (10 things nobody told you about being creative.) BY AUSTIN KLEON

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I have read it a few times is an easy read and makes a lot of sense and opened the door to a new world of creative possibilities

  • SKETCHBOOKS – Have them and use them, I could not be with out mine and have been using them for over 20 yrs. They are a place where you are free to do what ever you like; you don’t have to show anyone.So far this year I have filled over 6 books. They are so important as when you’re feeling a bit uninspired you can grab a few and flick through the pages, I guarantee you will find something that you have done that will get your inspiration flowing again.

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Starting with a 30-day challenge is a great way to get a feel of what daily drawing is and how it is a reachable goal. Last November I set my self a 30-day challenge to draw my houseplants. It was good fun but scary as I had committed myself and posted online that I would be doing this, but I completed it and was very pleased with myself. This then helped me to decide to commit to a year-long drawing challenge.

So join me this November and try a 30-day daily drawing challenge. It will have a winter theme and I will put together a list, which I will share a few weeks before it starts.

This is open for anyone to join any age or artistic ability it’s about having fun and reconnecting with your creative side.You may know a friend that might benefit from trying this daily drawing challenge. Please pass on this post or tell them about it.

If you would like to ask any questions please send me a message on here or my Facebook page Amanda Claire Designs or email me amandaclairedesigns@yahoo.co.uk and I will be happy to answer them.

If you would like to join in November’s Daily Drawing Challenge and share your drawings We will be posting drawings on Instagram, adding this tag to you pictures #Novemberdailydrawing2015   as I would love to see how you are getting on.

Daily drawing has brought so many benefits to my creativity and can for anyone. JOIN ME! I look forward to sharing.

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