Art Prof’s new website The beginning of a new month welcomes the next Art Prof Art Dare, and it’s an unusual but interesting one.
Sadly, I never even made an attempt to doodle my thoughts for last month’s Art Dare, so I’m totting up unfinished challenges as fast as I’m completing them. I had a couple of ideas for the March Dare, but with so many other demands, I didn’t factor in any creative time. Oops!
So, this month, we’re being challenged to draw at least two self-portraits using only line, to represent the contrasting sides of our personalities. I like the theme of this challenge, for its hint of conceptual art and focus on line rather than form. Fortunately there are also a couple of examples on the Art Prof’s new website for inspiration. I have amassed numerous sketchbooks over the years, so would like to attempt a few drawings just to try out the different papers. Well, I did resolve to become prolifically creative. Now, where did I put the calendar?
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My pen wasn’t firing particularly rapidly as I drew these doodles (having done my ‘thinking’ in pencil first). However, I’ve entered this month’s Art Prof Art Dare (pat on the back), and have a few more charts to complete before the deadline.
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Another month, another Art Prof Art Dare.
This month’s challenge is going to be quite different to the previous four (of which I have, as yet, only completed two: a self-portrait, and a still-life).
To enter February’s Rapid Fire Drawing Dare, draw a 2D response to all nine words on at least one of the ten charts available on the Art Prof website. Here’s a few I did earlier…
These doodles were from Day 28 of Adam Sicinski’s fantastic (and free) IQ Doodle 40-day doodle course.
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Several things I’ll be doing in 2017:
Although I won’t be writing my New Year Resolutions until March, I have hopes of a simpler yet more creatively focused 2017.
For me, 2016 was a bit of a learning curve, not least because I launched Filbert & Smudge, and committed to several creative challenges, some being more successful than others. I discovered charcoal, watercolour, and watersoluble graphite, and attempted a little character design and urban sketching. I still have three months to work on this year’s challenges, but writing my weekly posts has given me a new optimism. And it’s time to take this prolific creativity thing more seriously, hence the blog redesign.
A new year brings new promises and possibilities, and with less clutter to challenge my attention I’ll be trying out some of those pencils I mentioned.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.
WordPress Discover Challenge: Retrospective
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It wasn’t until someone added “procrastination” to my vocabulary that I knew there was an actual word for it. Before then I just thought I was easily distracted, my attention being willingly drawn to something infinitely easier, more interesting, or less discomforting.
The November Art Prof Dare was an easy one.
The Things We Carry: “…an artwork of the bag you carry most often [which] must include all of the items inside the bag”. 2 November 2016
Art Prof Clara Lieu (ClaraLieu.Wordpress.com)
A drawing of a still-life. Directly observed. Straightforward, especially for someone who regularly attends life-drawing class. And yet I still felt anxious. Rather than setting up my own handbag still-life, I found myself doing web searches for procrastination cures.
Yes, I know.
When I realised the irony, I shutdown my computer, grabbed my handbag, and tipped out the contents. And when I started to draw the things in front of me, I felt a physical change, like a switch being flicked…
All the years I’ve described myself as a procrastinator, have I just been lying to myself? Have I been justifying my self-imposed label, fulfilling my own prophecy by acting it out? Perhaps I just needed to gently nudge the switch within from “Hold on” to “Go! Go! Go!”.
What’s your excuse?
WordPress Discover Challenge: Tough Questions
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