Hello,

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?

A little Pink Floyd reference there, but I needed to put something down since I last wrote. I don’t even remember and am a little ashamed to even go back and look to see the date. Let’s not dwell on my blog transgressions…..

The new year, although it is now well into February, has taken me in some new, unexpected, yet welcome directions. I’m spending a lot of time slowing down, taking my work into different places and revisiting some old and much beloved media.

My work always feels pulled into a million different facets of a very complex crystal. Being a working artist, over the last several years, my heart just hasn’t been in my work….because the reality for me is that when you are trying to just pay the bills, I am bored easily. I get distracted. I pump things out to make the dollar.

And….

That’s not why I’m doing this. It’s not why I started this path. So, after Christmas, I embarked on returning and figuring out what gets me excited, what things make my knees weak and my heart palpitate with joy, and how I can work this into a sustainable gig. Because, trust me, it hasn’t been remotely sustainable.

Most of all, I decided I needed to take time or set aside time for some serious creative enrichment. Letting the rain come and fill the well, if you will….because there has been a hellish drought. So, for the last weeks and to continue for quite some time, I’ve signed up for classes, met with my tribe, and I’m working on projects that are just creative expression for it’s own sake.

One shiny object I’ve seriously let rust is my sketchbook and journals. I realized this recently when I picked up a pencil to sketch some designs for a freelance gig. Use it or lose it kids. You have to keep on keeping on and KEEP that momentum going. So I took a look around the studio, and decided I would take a bunch of these little empty sketchbooks I have laying around and start myself a little project. I’m calling it 30 Days of Doodles. It’s just my own little project to get me drawing again. I’ve set up some basic (but not hard and fast) rules for myself:

*To work in ink. For me, this helps me make deliberate marks. My sketching ability quickly comes back if I can make a million and one bad marks with a pencil and an eraser. By
using ink pens, it forces me to be a tad more deliberate, embrace mistakes, and creatively problem solve.

*Set a time limit. For this, I’m going with 30 minutes. This book is small. Something around 3.5 x 5 inches. And I have a habit of putting an extraordinarily stupid amount of time working in a picayune manner on things like this. I attribute it to having OCD tendencies. So, I could probably work on one page for 3 hours….but that’s not what I’m after. So, I’m giving myself 30 minutes, preferably in the morning while I have my coffee or in the evening bfore I’m done working in the studio.

*Do it everyday without fail. The powers that be say that it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit. 30 Days of Doodles.

*Post all 30 days here. That alone makes me squeamish.

Today I did two. and broke my 30 minute rule….but hey, progress….and I wanted the little cover to have some cool hand drawn fonts….so that took me extra.

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Products used:
Sketchbook: greenroom recycled notebook (set of 3 purchased from Target on clearance several years ago)

Pens: Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set
& Triplus Fineliner Pens,.3mm,Metal Clad Tip,20/PK,Assorted

Spray Ink : Heidi Swapp Color Shine Bottles for Crafting, Gold
, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Bottles for Crafting, Teal

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Products used:

Sketchbook: greenroom recycled notebook (set of 3 purchased from Target on clearance several years ago)

Pens: Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set
& Triplus Fineliner Pens,.3mm,Metal Clad Tip,20/PK,Assorted

 

Stay Tuned! I’ll be back tomorrow for day 2!

 

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2 Responses to 30 Days of Doodles – Day 1- and catching up.

  1. Kashmira says:

    Love the flowers!!!

    Happy doodling :)

  2. Kari Asbury says:

    Great post Barbara! I’ll be looking forward to your 30 days of doodles. What a great way to find your way back to what you love :)

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