Brenda Swenson has a drawing challenge to draw every day for 75 days. We are supposed to use a black or blue pen, but I know I will not do that one. Still, I play along because challenges are fun when done with others, and it keeps me doing at least one dang drawing a day even when I am slammed at work.
To see all the 75-day images go here.
Mostly people think of sketching as drawing this or that thing, sketching their trips, their gardens, nature. All that is wonderful, but it is not me, and I have done 100 drawings of selfies, cats, faces, places, learning the ropes with watercolors.
This week (loosely, as we were traveling on business — see the image above — and the week got longer and longer) I realized I am done with all that as a mainstream thing, and I need to stop classes and just do my thang. I need to see where Booby Gurl or Horses or Buddhas will take me. I return, finally, to what I love best about drawing:
I draw to create what is in my Heart,
To channel what is running underneath my surface mind.
I draw to keep my Hand connected to my Muse!
I draw to channel Collective images,
I draw to push through stuck places,
to release sadness and discover joy,
to push through what they said I should draw,
to push through my Critical Editor.
I draw to uncover What Wants To Be.
I’s not sharing it all with you right now. I have some viable ideas gurgling up
and don’t want feedback on them so won’t put them out there.
When and IF they come to be I will show my process.
What is important today is that starting to sketch from my heart again was weird
— it was like I lost my mojo! Oh Muse come back!
Finally as I sketched Booby Gurls and Horses and Buddhas and things that people tell me I SHOULD draw, I slowly had ideas come to me. And the rules you all should know:
☾ Draw the icky stuff so you can get to the good stuff AND
☾ Remember the sad, angry, depressing things might be your next creative project.
☾ If you sign up for a class or take a challenge, don’t let that get in the way of your muse.
☾ Muses are quite real and if you don’t pay attention to them they can ruin you.
(Think addiction, illness, and no mojo.)
☾ Get into a flow where you stop thinking.
☾ Stop thinking not by banishing your critic/editor but my promising to
give it something to do — sometime I will write an entire post on that one.
☾ Once the flow starts keep you notebooks close. Draw whatever you envision.
☾ Don’t do what doesn’t work for you even if it is good advice.
So my mojo is on her way back, and the drawings are beginning to be fun again.
All are done in an OE Cadic sketching journal or in a Stillman & Birman Beta journal
with Cocoiro or Pitt pens or Uni-ball pen, and with watercolor when so moved!
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