I have two studios side by side, one that is my work space and the other that serves as a small gallery space. Both spaces are great for a party! So, this past Sunday, I hosted my second open studio. A few friends, Laura Granlund of Intimidnation, Mamata Reddy of Pomegranate Cafe, and Chris Ocken of Ocken Photography shared the space with me. We displayed our work and asked a bunch of people to come over. About 50 - 60 people showed up. There was artwork and a raffle in the gallery side, while jewelry, food, and wine was on the work side. It was a good way to kick off my stay-cation. Thanks to everyone who came!
I'm 25 days in to my 30 day sketch challenge and it hasn't exactly been the creative outburst I was envisioning. I think I was picturing a mix of detailed, patient drawings alongside explosive brief sketches (from which I would be inspired to do larger work), notes scrawled along page edges, saturated splashes of ink bringing more life to each image, and perhaps a prevailing theme emerging from the book as more and more pages were filled. Nope. How about: go to work, come home and head straight to the studio, work on jewelry and collage until I can only keep one eye open - at which point I realize I have not done my drawing for the day, pick up the book and take somewhere between 10 seconds to 3 minutes to get something on the page. These are the lovely results.
I suppose there is some value in having to complete each drawing in such a short period of time. It definitely takes the pondering out. No time to ponder what to draw and no time to ponder what line to form next... which is a good thing to force yourself to do sometimes. Well, I have a few more days to finish the book, we'll see what emerges!
I do have to say, I did miss one day, Monday, the first day in a month I had nothing else to do - and I just plain forgot. go figure.
I'm eight days into my thirty day sketch project. I've been cramming many of my sketches in right before I go to bed, which I've discovered is not a good idea (as you will probably notice!) Even though I am not proud of those, I'm still posting everything here. This morning I changed my ways and did this sketch of a shop window right after I got out of yoga. The rest are listed newest to oldest.
Growing up, I had the same art teacher from 4th grade all the way through high school graduation. Every single year, our first assignment was to draw our hand. Since then, I always start each one of my sketchbooks with a hand drawing. Today I was feeling out of practice.
Towards the end of June, I decided to give myself a thirty day challenge to get certain areas of my life in order. My goal: get through a laundry list of to-dos that had been out there so long I had just started ignoring them, and to rejuvenate my daily routine. Specifics on the daily rejuvenation list: exercise, pack lunch for work, no coffee. Laundry list: take car in to the shop, go to the dentist, explore the option of getting additional studio space, get renters insurance, etc. The results: the laundry list is done! As a result of checking these things off my list, starting this month, I will have additional studio space, which is perfect timing, because I'm having an open studio on the 23rd. Also this month, I will be sending my car "out to pasture" (after having gotten the verdict from the mechanic) and signing up for I-Go, which I feel really good about. My only shortcoming in the whole thirty days happened just four days from the end, when I decided I would exercise upon waking up from a nap - and ended up waking up a 6:30 the next morning!! Argh.
Despite missing that day, I feel like I've found the rhythm I'd been looking for, and accomplished some things that will have a big impact on the rest of my year. So, as a follow up, I have a new 30 day challenge. In the spirit of preparing for my open studio later this month, I will be doing a drawing a day for the next thirty days, starting tomorrow. I have a fresh new sketch book and pencil that I'm really excited to start using! Check back for the results.