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

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 🙂

2015 the year I completed my 1st Daily Drawing Challenge!

YAY, WHOOP and WOW feeling a massive sense of achievement. Today I finished my 1st yearlong daily drawing challenge. I chose to finish the year drawing a Mandala,with my favourite pen my Lamy.

Time for a little dance!

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2015 has been a truly creative year, its good to reflect and acknowledge your achievements.For me it was drawing something everyday and posting it online.When I started this challenge I did not realise how much it would change things, so I wanted to share with you things I have discovered through out the year.

Key things I have discovered this year

I LOVE BEING AN ARTIST I know this is my life, Its not the easiest route to take but I love a challenge and most of all I am proud to call my self an artist. I just love drawing so much.

CONFIDENCE – Improved 100% as an artist and on a personal level.

ABILITYI have drawn things this year I have never drawn before,and really enjoyed discovering with practice I can draw anything.

LEARNING– I love learning and have finally getting to grips with Ps.Had sewing classes learnt to use my sewing machine, so much fun. Also learning Spanish and French,a little every day slowly improving.

PRACTICE– this is the one thing that only you can do, its all about the practice, the more you do something the better you get.It really is that simple.

PASSIONMaking art, experimenting, having fun just being me the artist, the happiest I have been for a long time. Not worrying what other people might think of it but just enjoying the proses. some will like your art and some wont,its not a problem its just the way it is.

TIME– Have been getting more organised so I have time to make art and learn. I have got much better but know I can improve,being organised suits me. Oh how times have changed!

SOFA -DOODLES– I just love sitting on the sofa with my sketchbook and just drawing whatever I feel like, I let my pen wander and just relax, creative meditation

SKETCHBOOK Use them everyday, I love my sketchbooks they are my place to play and explore, and I never leave home without one. Its good to look back and discover sketches and then rework them, this year I have filled over 7.

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ONLINE COMMUNITY  I am lucky to have found an amazing online community of artist,designers,illustrators and surface pattern designs. we are from all over the world but we all support and help each other on our creative journeys.

Most of all when we put our minds to it we can achieve anything we want to.

As I enjoyed it so much I have decided to challenge myself in 2016 with Daily People Sketching

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I found this wonderful blog post with 10 Tips for How to Sketch People

The one fear I want to overcome is sketching people; I have always seen and admired artists sitting in a café, sketching people, so this year I will embrace this fear and go for it.At the end of May I am off traveling for 2 months in Europe when I am away my  goal  is that I will be confident enough to sit in a café and sketch people. I have said it now,its out there.

I will give myself a time limit of up to an hour a day,use any medium.I have called it sketching as this is not about producing a finished drawing everyday but about me learning, looking and finally understanding the human form and how to capture it.

So you can follow me on Instagram , Facebook  and Twitter and see how I get on.

A big THANK YOU for all your lovely comments over this year,it spurs you on and helps you to continue and not to give up.

I would highly recommend taking up a daily challenge for a year, its so worth doing.

 

 

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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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 🙂


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After yesterday could not resist doing another one, love working just in paint, most enjoyable 🙂

 

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Pen and Ink windows – can see patterns in this 🙂

 

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More windows 🙂

 

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I am very lucky to live very near Brighton Pavillion , the have stunning windows 🙂

 

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I love painting Flowers 🙂

 

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Was sitting on the train back from London – Little Birds

 

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Random Thursday 🙂

 

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This is the first painting of a face, I have painted in years. I love the work of Frida Kahlo.

 

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I love Flowers 🙂

 

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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

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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 🙂

 

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Chairs are hard to draw, but this is a challenge 🙂

 

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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.

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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.  🙂