This week was a lot harder than the others for many reasons. First, I went back to a full-time work schedule. This seriously cramps my artistic time, and makes me a lot more stressed and tired than I am used too. But, when you are poor and getting ready to move (again!) saving money comes before practicing your art. I am committed to finishing this challenge, but you’ll notice a lack of creativity for this week. Sorry. Time flies when you are working all of the time.
What I have realized is this – I love drawing. Forcing myself to do it everyday (like writing, reading) is making me a better artist. Creativity is a muscle. If you want to make a muscle stronger, you work it. Draw every day. I took my sketch book to work this last week and drew on my lunch break, and I even drew with some of my kids at school. I helped them see how to blend colors with pencils, and I explained what “depth” is in art. It was fun.
I have been forced to challenge myself. I am drawing things outside of my comfort zone and it is getting easier. My biggest struggle this week was ” Something you need”. I had no clue. Abstract ideas are hard for me when it comes to art. So, I decided to draw a patchwork minion. Is this an actual need of mine? No, not really. But when you live a minimalist lifestyle your needs are few. I thought it would be boring to draw water or food. So, I let my creativity take hold and I ended up a minion. And I think everyone NEEDS a minion.
If you don’t let your creativity grow your potential will just sit there, stagnant, like a pool of old swamp water. Eww! You need your creativity flowing like a big waterfall, churning and flowing all of your ideas into something truly amazing. I have zero interest in drawing actual people or animals – at least not realistically. It scares me. But that is why I need to do it.
I am almost finished with the challenge so I will finish it. Goals and deadlines are important. When I start something, I finish it. But, I also take breaks. Breaks are just as important as practice. Breaks help your mind stay fresh and can also be inspirational depending on how you spend your down time. Admire and look at all sorts of different art and allow yourself to be inspired by it. Looking at one type of art and trying to copy it will just leave you as the understudy for someone better. Try taking ideas from other artists and changing them into something that reflects YOU.
I’m down to my last week of the challenge. Aside from just finishing the challenge, this week I am going to try not trashing myself and just doing the work. Not every picture will be great, but maybe they will spark ideas for other pictures.