ART CHAT #12: Draw Your Day-22 Jan to 11 Feb ’23

February 15, 2023
Draw Your Day

I mentioned my new little project ‘Draw Your Day’ in last week’s blog post, and in that post I said I’d share the sketches I’d done so far in the next Art Chat post, and here we are today with the next Art Chat post so I’m including all sketches done up until the time of typing this.

If you missed last week’s post, it would be worthwhile clicking on the link above and having a read of it because it will explain what ‘Draw Your Day’ is, my own set of rules around it, and why I’ve decided to do it.

Anyway, here we go, sketches done so far.  Please note that:

  1. They are in a sketchbook. Sometimes I can crop them so that they don’t look like they’re in a sketchbook but sometimes I haven’t had time or I can’t get a good clean crop, and
  2. It can sometimes be difficult to get good photographs of them without turning it into a time intensive photography venture (which I don’t have time for). Sometimes the photos are too dark and the images have had to be brightened. This sometimes changes how they actually look in real life. Hopefully, they’ll look ok regardless (but they do look better IRL in the sketchbook I think)!  
  3. These sketches are not art masterpieces. The point of this ‘nearly’ daily practice is to be spontaneous, loose and free which really helps to unlock the creative within. This is especially helpful for when you’ve not been doing art regularly and/or you can get paralysed by perfectionism which has been the case for me. 
  4. I’m still getting the hang of how I want my visuals and words in the journal to look. There will be a lot of playing around with different layouts etc until I find what I like.
  5. I’ll let the sketches speak for themselves. This post will be a post of few words (after this LOL).

Draw Your Day Sketches from 22 January to 11 February 2023

I’m trying a different kind of gallery layout for a bit of fun. Click on an image to see it at full size and then arrow through them. 

Hopefully with time, we will see my sketches become looser and better!

 

Ciao for now,

Linking up with Denyse Whelan’s ‘Wednesday’s Words and Pics

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 February 15, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Beautiful, MIn! When are you going to start your art business? Maybe I could get some lessons from you. Have a lovely day and I’m so happy you have rediscovered your talent and find such joy in your work. xx

    • Reply Min February 16, 2023 at 6:09 am

      Thanks Sue! I wish I could get totally into my art but life right now doesn’t allow for it. I’m trying hard to make it a regular practice again though. I actually do think I could teach quite a bit. I’ve learnt so much over recent years. Thanks so much for your support. It is so appreciated! xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey February 15, 2023 at 10:36 am

    I’ve been enjoying seeing these on your socials. You’ve really found your niche.

    • Reply Min February 16, 2023 at 6:12 am

      Thanks Jo – it’s always a relief to hear someone enjoys seeing my creations on my socials (I’ve lost some followers, but gained some new ones). Hoping this new project will get me all loosened up and creative again!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 15, 2023 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Min – this has been such a fun project for you and I’ve loved seeing each little art snippet pop up on Facebook. You definitely have a talent for it and it’s great that you’re getting back to your art again.

    • Reply Min February 16, 2023 at 6:14 am

      Hi Leanne, thank you! I really appreciate those people, like yourself, who support and encourage me as I try and find myself and my place in art. xo

  • Reply Elizabeth February 15, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    Hello Min, your sketches are great – your art club look like a lovely group; you look like you have a fun time together. I’m impressed by the detail you have included in the sketches and I’m sure they provide a lovely visual memory of your day. Inspired by your last post, I have been taking a quick photo of things from my day (I can’t draw!) which I’ve enjoyed and it’s been nice to have the pictures to look at, so thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply Min February 16, 2023 at 6:17 am

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks so much! My art group ARE a lovely bunch! They are not all there in that drawing but they’re all great. It’s really nice to meet up with likeminded people who totally ‘get’ you and this ‘art thing’. We inspire and encourage each other and its a wonderful thing. I’m so pleased to hear I’ve inspired you to take photos of your day! You know what, that is something I used to do. In fact back in late 2012 I started a 365 Grateful Project where I took a photo of something I was grateful for every day for 365 days and posted it to my blog and socials. It was a wonderful project that completely changed my mindset and eventually I just naturally looked for all the ‘good’ things in my days. Maybe you could do something like that? It can be simple things like that first cup of coffee of the day or a beautiful sunrise or sunset, or your favourite cosy chair. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris February 16, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Min, you certainly have a talent for drawing! These are lovely vignettes of life as you see it and are delightful 🙂 #wwandpics

    • Reply Min February 20, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much Debbie! xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan February 16, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    They are a visual delight Min!! I love them so much. Definitely keep these in some kind of diary. They are a testament to you at this time of your life. Thank you for sharing your post for this week’s Wednesdays Words and Pics. The “good news” I mentioned in my intro this week is that we have found & secured a new place to live, where we hoped for, and next week’s post will explain more! Take care, and I hope to see you next week too. Denyse.

    • Reply Min February 20, 2023 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much Denyse! That means a lot to me. As you recognise, it is a difficult phase of life for me at the moment but I do get joy from art so I am trying to make it more a part of my life regardless of everything else going on. I am SO happy to hear you have found a place to live and that it’s in the area you were hoping for! I look forward to reading your post about it. I’m not sure if I’m going to be organised enough to get a post done this week! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee February 17, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing these – I love this idea! So great. They look fantastic but as you know what you can do so are the expert, I look forward to seeing them ‘looser’. You have to do a travel diary one. It will be the best souvenir you could ever get.

    • Reply Min February 20, 2023 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Lydia! Yes I plan on doing a travel journal – to capture little incidental things as well as some of the ‘bigger’ things.

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