Mushroom line drawings

The start of a new year always feels exciting and it’s tempting to make resolutions and set lots of big goals for the coming months. Winter seems to be a slower time for me creatively, so rather than get over excited and promise myself that I’ll make big changes this year, I’ve allowed myself to continue moving slowly and calmly over the past couple of weeks, and have been listening to what my body was telling me it needed each day. This has involved lots of rest, gentle walks, (mostly) healthy food, working on my crochet blanket and generally being kind to myself.

I’ve also been doing a few minutes of drawing every day, with encouragement from Lisa Congdon‘s 31 Days of Drawing on Creative Bug.

Line drawings of brooms

What I like about this course is that it’s slow-paced – just one tiny bit of drawing each day after watching a short video for inspiration. There’s also no chance of skipping ahead because the videos are posted day by day, which is good for helping me to pace myself and continue to take things easy.

Hand lettered notebook page

That said, at the beginning of the month I remembered I’d also signed up for an intensive weekend course called ‘I Am an Artist‘, with Lisa from 8th-10th January. Ordinarily I avoid anything that includes the word ‘intensive’, mainly because doing things intensively usually tires me out and then it takes me a while to recover. But I didn’t want to miss this opportunity because I didn’t know when/if Lisa would be offering this class again. I also knew that the materials were going to be available to us for a short time after the class ended so if I couldn’t keep up with it in real time it wouldn’t be a disaster.

The difference in time zone meant that each day’s section of the course was posted in the afternoon and I used Monday morning to catch up with the few bits that I didn’t finish at the weekend so because I kept the weekend free it was surprisingly manageable.

I’m really glad I did sign up because it gave me a bit of focus and motivation, and I’ve now got some goals to work towards during this year. Nothing overwhelming, but a few things that I’ve wanted to do for a while, all broken down into bite sized chunks. I’ll share those things with you as they become more of a reality.

Hand lettered sketchbook page

So now I’m back to just one small page of drawing each day which is nice for keeping things ticking over, until the end of this week when I start the next Sketchbook Skool kourse. There’s not much more to say about that at the moment but I’ll keep you posted and share some of the work that I make as part of that kourse.

At some point I’ll also be coming back to the Lilla Rogers course that I started before Christmas but thankfully that’s self-paced because I think I’ve got enough to be getting on with for the moment!

How’s 2016 going for you so far?