DRAW YOUR DAY
Just a quick post today to let you know about a new little project I’ve taken on board.
I came across the concept of ‘Draw Your Day’ from Instagram. I follow a lot of artists, especially those that dabble and excel in the spectrums of art that interest me. They inspire me! I like urban art and any art that is ink and/or watercolour based – my favourite mediums to work with – but I do use other mediums as well at times.
Draw Your Day is basically a daily illustrated journalling practice. You draw, you paint, you can write little stories, notes or descriptions on the page. You could glue in a theatre ticket or newspaper clipping – whatever way you’d like to capture your day. Some days might have three or four separate drawings of different aspects or activities of the day or the day might consist of one drawing about the major event of your day or the one things that best captures your day.
Some artists have beautiful handwriting too. Just a heads up – I don’t! Ugh – wishing I had beautiful calligraphy skills right now!
WHY I NEED TO DO ART MORE REGULARLY
Since I finished my The 100 Day Project it’s been hard to get any momentum with my art. Life has had its challenges and taken most of my energy in recent times. The time I get to myself is full of catching up on domestic tasks, medical appointments, catching up with friends sometimes, writing blog posts, and trying to get a bit of rest. I haven’t felt rested enough to do art. I do my best art when I have time, when it’s not rushed, and when I feel rested (mentally & emotionally more-so).
The lack of ‘doing art’ has affected my confidence and I feel rusty and not happy with anything I do. I know that when I was doing art regularly during The 100 Day Project, my confidence grew and I felt much better about the art that I was producing.
MY DRAW YOUR DAY PROJECT WITH IT’S OWN SET OF RULES
So, I decided to put a sketchbook that I have to use. It’s a cheap Mont Marte A5 Landscape 150gsm. It’s ok for watercolour but not the best. My painted pages so far are quite buckled and the paper is a little too textured (cold pressed) for what I like to do. If I keep at this though, I’ll buy a better quality sketchbook next time. I think I’d like hot pressed (smooth) 300 gsm watercolour paper in the next one and I’m still deciding on what shape and size I’d like to use, but I’m leaning towards square shaped.
It was all rather spontaneous. I just started one day! It took me by surprise I must say because I had a bit of a freak out about the sudden pressure to draw every.single.day! The pressure was too much all at once – especially on those full days where I have very little free time. So, in the interests of being kind to myself during challenging times, I have adapted the project to take the pressure off and set some rules (see below). I think though that after I start drawing more regularly, it will become easier. I will become looser and more confident, and drawing each day will not be a pressure at all. Meanwhile, these rules will help take the pressure off until then.
- I am only required to do a minimum of ONE DRAWING PER WEEK. Every drawing in addition to that is a bonus.
- These drawings are NOT about perfection. They are easy breezy quick ink and wash drawings. They will not be perfect.
- This project is about getting into a regular art practice, loosening me up, and improving my confidence. Let go of perfectionism Min!
I started on 22 January and there haven’t been too many days since that date that I haven’t drawn in the sketchbook.
As mentioned above, the reason I’ve decided to do this is to get me back into regularly drawing – so I don’t feel so rusty anymore, so I regain some confidence, and so I can shake off the perfectionism that stops me even starting a lot of the time. Already I’ve noticed that perfectionism and fear of judgement have made an appearance! The subject matters can be mundane at times but I do kinda find that quirky and interesting. My biggest problem is that because I post these on my Instagram (and Facebook) it triggers a fear of judgement – that I will be judged on my artistic talent by them. They’re not my best work. They’re breezy & easy quick sketches. This is why I chose the word ENOUGH for my WOTY and this is why I need to do this! I need to let go of perfectionism and I need to let go of caring what anyone thinks. It’s so debilitating. Enough! I will continue to post these on my social media.
Whether I continue with this practice for the long term, I don’t yet know, but for now I think it’s good for me.
If you follow me on social media you would’ve seen the drawings I’ve done so far. You can see them on my Instagram or search this hashtag to see #wotmdrawyourdayartjournal
If you’d like to see all artists who participate in the Draw Your Day concept (some of them are SO good!) then have a look at the #drawyourday hashtag.
In case you’ve been living under a rock (haha – two posts on it so far and I haven’t even got there yet) I’m going on holidays to New Zealand in May. There is a part of me that would deeply love to have a dedicated Travel Journal where I do drawings of my days of our trips – little snippets of favourite things from the days. I will see how I go, but that is something I have in my mind to do.
KEEP WATCH FOR THE NEXT ART CHAT – SHOW ‘N’ TELL
I will share my Draw Your Day’s so far here on the blog in my next ART CHAT ‘Show ‘n’ Tell’ post which might possibly be next week!
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics‘