Happy 2nd Birthday Filbert and Smudge!
The start of a fresh new blogging year is the perfect time for me to reflect on my ‘New Year Resolutions’, and set my goals for the next year of my life, too.
For the past two years I set out to: i) overhaul my wardrobe, and ii) become prolifically creative. And, unlike last year, I’ve made some great progress.
Wardrobe Architect/Overhaul – Finished?
Over the past year I’ve completely reorganised my wardrobe with feng shui, I’ve parted with a few items and added a few as well. I may not be down on quantity just yet, but now I’m conscious of the stuff I don’t tend to wear, we may be parting company soon. My wardrobe project is still in progress, but it won’t be my focus for this new year.
When I resolved to be prolifically creative, I intended to draw more often. Two years’ on and I’m well aware of my own real and imagined obstacles, so this one is coming with me for another outing.
I’m undecided what my resolutions will be for the next 12 months, but as soon as I’ve decided you’ll be the first to know.
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…and with a few waves of the hand the offending sketch had gone. Magic!
Charcoal is a wonderful medium for learning to draw: it’s relatively inexpensive; you don’t have to start with a blank white page; you can draw with both charcoal and erasers; and willow charcoal can be easily wiped away. You and your work area will get dusty, but that’s half the fun. I have no idea why it’s taken me this long to appreciate it.
If you’re beyond outlines and ready to tackle light and shadow I can recommend Clara Lieu’s YouTube series on drawing a charcoal portrait to get you started, no matter your subject; read my review here.
If my internet connection hadn’t failed on both the evening I finished and the following morning, I would have left my own charcoal still-life alone. The unusual disruption gave me pause to crit (and continue) my drawing for the Art Prof’s October Art Dare: Superstition, by adding my hand.
I love the tradition of superstitions, and “touch wood” is one my family often uses to repel fate or bad luck. There are a couple of clues to this hidden in my composition; can you spot them? Answers on a postcard…
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A medley of yellow plums in: [day 1] collage with pen and ink; [days 2-7] pencil; and [days 8-10] my own recipe of ‘ink’ topped with pencil and conté pastel. The beginning of a new daily drawing habit. Long may it…
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“When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.”
James Clear – Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
With yet another turn of the calendar there aren’t many weeks left in 2017. 17 in fact. That’s 17 fresh starts. Or 17 opportunities to choose, act, repeat, if you’re developing a new weekly habit.
And I am.
Every week, I intend to complete one ‘sewing’ task. They will vary in magnitude, and distance from my current comfort zone. But by the end of the year I should have 17 more items to wear, and a new set of sewing skills under my belt. But it’s okay if I only complete one. As long as I turn up for weekly practice.
Oddly, I feel more comfortable problem-solving with fabric and trying out new (and often complex) sewing techniques, than I am drawing with pencil on paper. Yet there’s more at stake. Maybe it’s the way I’m looking at things; I’ll be asking myself about that while I’m mindfully sewing.
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I won! I actually won! (Woo hoo!)
So, what now? My long wait is over and I’m no longer frozen to the spot. But I’m still feeling the cold through my feet. It’s at this point I realise I’m going in the right direction, but I’m approaching it in the wrong way. I make small, progressive steps, then pause to look around me, even looking backwards. I’m hesitating about the next step, unsure of when to move. I feel off-balance, unsteady, like I need some additional support. Can I do this? Turning back feels like a choice, but that would only get me back to the start, and all those previous steps wouldn’t count.
My path is made of stepping stones. They have natural pauses and when you go too slowly you lose your flow. If you hesitate at the wrong moment, you stumble into the water, and your feet get cold and wet.
It’s far better to take quick, successive steps. That way you build momentum, and your sure-footedness increases with every stride.
Lesson 4: Hesitate on a path of stepping stones and you risk losing your balance. Keep a smooth, steady pace until you reach the other side, and only then pause for breath, reflect back and prepare for the next one.
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