Drawings and photos combined digitally

creative every dayNovember was Art Every Day Month, a project created by Leah Piken Kolidas

This was the second year I participated. I wrote a summary post similar to this one last year.

The process this year

Participating in this type of challenge is never what I expect. I started out thinking I would explore more mixed media. I was thinking of using ink pencils and water soluble crayons. They never came out of their boxes after I made the color charts.

I did combine traditional media with digital. Scanning in drawings, adding photos then painting into them in Photoshop. Some of the sketches are decades old. It was interesting to see what elements have carried through all these years.

This year versus last

I opened my review post last year by describing what I was doing with my paintings:

Watercolor Paintings

“They are all universal themes we encounter in life. I’ll be using them in a new product line I am creating called Exploring My Options. The images will be used to help people identify themes in their lives and work with them more effectively.”

Now, a year later, I am still working on the same thing. Not because I procrastinated or forgot, but because I expanded the VisualsSpeak team and we decided to focus on our professional development tools first. We’ve made a lot of progress on the personal development tools, but it’s all been behind the scenes. Look for that to change in 2011.

Response was different

Watercolor Paintings

Last year, people from a variety of parts of my life left comments on my posts. This year, it was heavily weighted toward people participating in the challenge. Not sure why, and I am not going down the path of speculation. How people engage with social media shifts all the time. Some of the people who followed closely last year just weren’t showing up online this year. I loved the comments from my journey mates, and just wished I could have spent more time visiting all of them everyday and leaving more comments.

For part of the month I wrote about each image, or what the image touched in me. For the rest, I just posted an image. Each approach was different, I can’t say one was better than the other.

Overall, I think the images were stronger this year. Last year I was just starting to paint in traditional media again after a 15 year break.

Permission to create

The challenge gives me permission to create. Not that I actually technically need permission, I am my own boss etc. I’ve always done better having a ‘reason’ to create. Someday I want the joy of creating to be enough. I know it’s just a matter of allowing myself to create just for fun more than as an occasional treat.

Thanks

Thanks to all who participated in the challenge, by making art or by commenting and cheering us on. A special thanks to Leah for organizing, visiting us, and leaving great comments. I hope we all make the time to keep being creative every day, to make it a part of our daily lives.


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16 Comments

  1. Great reflections, Christine. It is interesting to notice the differences year to year. What comes up, what doesn’t, what you’re drawn to, and what you you’re not. So glad you joined in!

    • Leah,
      I’ve seen you write about how the challenge can be different from year to year, but like so many other things, I didn’t really get it until I experienced it myself. It’s quite the journey.

  2. Great reflections, Christine. It is interesting to notice the differences year to year. What comes up, what doesn’t, what you’re drawn to, and what you you’re not. So glad you joined in!

    • Leah,
      I’ve seen you write about how the challenge can be different from year to year, but like so many other things, I didn’t really get it until I experienced it myself. It’s quite the journey.

  3. I hear you on the ‘permission to create’ angle. Sometimes I need to come up with an excuse.

    This year I wasn’t ready for AEDM to be over! For next year I think I’ll try to plan a project in advance.

  4. I hear you on the ‘permission to create’ angle. Sometimes I need to come up with an excuse.

    This year I wasn’t ready for AEDM to be over! For next year I think I’ll try to plan a project in advance.

    • Jul,
      I didn’t want it to end either. So far, I have kept up the creative practice for the most part. I can see how easy it will be to slip back though.

  5. It was quite different for me this year, too. I was so busy with my theater pursuits, I wish I had more time to play with my visual art callings.

    Loved seeing your work!

  6. It was quite different for me this year, too. I was so busy with my theater pursuits, I wish I had more time to play with my visual art callings.

    Loved seeing your work!

    • Julie,
      I’m always amazed at how much you do! And in so many different media. Always a joy to visit you.

  7. thank you for sharing. i found out about art everyday month towards the end but i really enjoyed participating in the part that i did. it is very inspiring to be part of a community of artists.

  8. thank you for sharing. i found out about art everyday month towards the end but i really enjoyed participating in the part that i did. it is very inspiring to be part of a community of artists.


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