What I've Learned in 100 Days of Painting! (Creative Week #15)

Hard to believe I've been drawing and painting for (over) 100 days now! What I've learned: 

It's hard! Like anything, when you're trying to start a new habit, it's not easy. I had to force myself every day in the beginning. I didn't want this project to be stressful but I also wanted to succeed and that takes work!

It's scary! I was determined to put all my work out there – even the bad ones!

It's encouraging! Putting myself out there has been scary but also super encouraging. Friends, family and even strangers have commented on my art with kind words. I've even gotten a few commissions, just from putting it out there!

It's motivating! Not only am I enjoying the process but I want to keep going. I want to paint or draw or make something every day. Even when I'm out running boring errands, my mind is constantly searching for ideas of what I can draw.

It's surprising! Seeing where I was and how far I've come in a matter of months is probably my biggest surprise. I honestly didn't think it would make a difference. I've heard many times before that if you want to get better then you need to draw—everyday! I didn't believe it. But just the fact that I can now start quickly and am less afraid of the blank page, that is a huge step forward!

I still don't know where all of this work will take me and that's ok. For now I'm just looking forward to the next 100 days! 

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Eek! 100 days of painting!

Eek! 100 days of painting!

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Creative Week #14

Another productive (last) week!

92/365 and 93/365 – Polka dot shoes and a bull. Yep, I'm all over the place!.

92/365 and 93/365 – Polka dot shoes and a bull. Yep, I'm all over the place!.

94/365 and 95/365 – Happy Easter! A lily and a bunny.

94/365 and 95/365 – Happy Easter! A lily and a bunny.

96/365 and 97/365 - Using up the paint on my palette with color leaves and then I realized I missed drawing people so I sketched up this lady in her cute striped shirt and black skirt.

96/365 and 97/365 - Using up the paint on my palette with color leaves and then I realized I missed drawing people so I sketched up this lady in her cute striped shirt and black skirt.

98/365 – This cutie is the daughter of a dear friend. Of course, she needed some rosy cheeks!

98/365 – This cutie is the daughter of a dear friend. Of course, she needed some rosy cheeks!

Creative Week #13

Almost missed last week! We have had a busy week with Spring Break for the kids and Easter weekend with family. It's been a busy but fun time. Still feels good to get in some creative time every day! And I'm amazed it's been three months!

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Passion, Inspiration and Doing the Work

I've been making the daily effort to draw or paint something for almost three months now! Sometimes, when I'm tired, I wonder, "What's the point?" I love the quote: Inspiration exists but it has to find us working (by Pablo Picasso). In these three months, I've found it to be so true. And I think that's the point. If you feel inspired, then work. If you don't feel inspired, then still work. Just keep doing what your passionate about even on the days you don't feel the rush of creative inspiration.

I didn't do a lot of drawing when I was young but I was always tremendously interested in art. I thought about it all the time. I wanted to get better. I wanted to go to museums and look at beautiful things. Artists fascinated me. Looking back it's easy to see I was passionate. A true passion never seems to go away, even through the highs and lows. Ten years of never picking up a pencil after college and I still always thought about art, always wanted to go to museums, and read books about artists. It was there inside of me even if it was just a simmer, and not a rolling boil (like it is these days!). 

Where will these daily drawings take me? Will I ever be hired to make art? Do I even want that? I don't know and I'm okay with that. So for now, the point is to feed my passion, to learn, to get better and to make beauty.

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I'm a nerd so I looked it up...Inspiration: The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, a sudden brilliant, creative or timely idea. 

Creative Week #12

I didn't forget, just a little late. :) A new week and a new sketchbook. I've had to get used to this new size. I went from a 5"x5" to 5.5"x8.5" so it's a little different. I'm also working on each page, back and front, and not stressing about it showing through, just to trying to use up each page.

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Creative Week #11

Well, after weeks of taking care of alternating sick kids...now I'm not feeling good. Boo! I did manage to stay creative and I hope I'll find the strength to draw something tonight. I also managed to FINISH a sketchbook! That was exciting. I think I've only ever filled three sketchbooks but usually it takes years, not months. Have a good weekend!

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Creative Week #10

It's been a long week of sickness here. :( I still managed to get creative but it was a miracle! On a happy notes, the weather is beautiful here in Michigan! I've never been so happy to see temps in the 50s.

64/365 - gouache on black paper

64/365 - gouache on black paper

65/365 - gouache on black paper

65/365 - gouache on black paper

66/365 - watercolor and pen - red panda

66/365 - watercolor and pen - red panda

67/365 - watercolor and pen

67/365 - watercolor and pen

68/365 - watercolor and pencil

68/365 - watercolor and pencil

69/365 - watercolor, pencil, gouache

69/365 - watercolor, pencil, gouache

Watercolor and pen

Watercolor and pen

Creative Week #9

Well, portrait month (February) is done. I don't think I'm going to have a theme for March. This has been a week of experimentation, as well. I've drawn, painted, used crayons, pens, gouache, acrylic and collage! Whew! If you'd like to see what I do everyday, feel free to follow me on Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Pencil and watercolor

Pencil and watercolor

58/365 – pencil, pen and crayon

58/365 – pencil, pen and crayon

59/365 – Self-portrait, pencil and watercolor

59/365 – Self-portrait, pencil and watercolor

60/365 - Collage, acrylic on cut up paper

60/365 - Collage, acrylic on cut up paper

61/365 – Collage, acrylic on cut up paper, watercolor and pen background

61/365 – Collage, acrylic on cut up paper, watercolor and pen background

62/365 - landscape, gouache in sketchbook

62/365 - landscape, gouache in sketchbook

63/365 – acrylic background, white gel pen

63/365 – acrylic background, white gel pen

Bootcamp Gallery for February

I forgot to post that the gallery for the MATS Bootcamp Assignment is open! Go take a look. I'm on page 6 this time so not as far at the end as in January. There are some really beautiful and interesting takes on the assignment. Talk about a creative group of artists! There is no assignment for March and I can't wait for April!

MATS February Assignment - Wall Art

I was pretty excited about the February assignment for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. We were still going to be doing a scene based on our research and it was still going to be round, but it was going to be wall art. And it was to be painted on a piece of wood! That was exciting to me because I am way more comfortable with traditional medium (like paint) than digital. Even though I want to become more comfortable making art digitally, this assignment was a welcome distraction! 

I was able to find slices of wood from Michael's. I got two different sizes in case I messed up and also because I had a couple ideas. 

This is the first idea I painted and mocked up.

This is the first idea I painted and mocked up.

The scene I ended up submitting to the MATS gallery was an idea I got from my grandmother's swan dive photograph. 

The final piece submitted to the gallery.

The final piece submitted to the gallery.

I am happy with it but, of course, there are things I wish I could change. I do kind of wish I had let more wood show through in the sky. Like maybe instead of solid blue, just have a blue wash. I think that would've made the bunny pop a little more. I'm thinking of turning this into a series and having other scenes of bunny's friends doing fancy dives, too. :)

Creative Week #8

Another day, another drawing...no, wait, is that how the saying goes? Two months of putting pencil/pen/paintbrush to paper and I've learned a lot! It's so much easier for me to get started even when I don't feel like it. I've even learned to tell the scary blank page to "shut it!" a time or two and just keep moving forward.

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Drawing of my great grandmother. What a cute flapper she was!

Drawing of my great grandmother. What a cute flapper she was!

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My cutie 2nd cousin, Collin.

My cutie 2nd cousin, Collin.

My mom in the late 70s. What a babe! Still working on this one.

My mom in the late 70s. What a babe! Still working on this one.

Someone on Instagram asked me if she had a name. I think Annabel fits her nicely. My husband should like that. It's the name he wanted for a girl when we had our son. ;) 

Someone on Instagram asked me if she had a name. I think Annabel fits her nicely. My husband should like that. It's the name he wanted for a girl when we had our son. ;) 

Playing with my new Uni-ball Signo white pen on black paper.

Playing with my new Uni-ball Signo white pen on black paper.

The Bootcamp February "Mini"

For the February Make Art That Sells Bootcamp "Mini," the assignment was plate scenics. The examples given to us were basically scenes on a plate or drawing a scene with a round form in mind. The purpose of the "mini" is to give the students a fun warm-up to get us ready for the main assignment that comes the following week. I spent some time pinning a few examples to help me get started on my sketches.

Click on picture to go to my Pinterest board.

Click on picture to go to my Pinterest board.

And below are some of my very initial sketches. 

Little girl in a forest of giant flowers and, on the right, this sketch was actually an older sketch but I thought maybe I'd try to make it work for this assignment.

Little girl in a forest of giant flowers and, on the right, this sketch was actually an older sketch but I thought maybe I'd try to make it work for this assignment.

A bee theme and, on the right, it's hard to tell, but my thought was Rapunzel looking down from her tower and her braided hair swirling around. This was a very quick sketch!

A bee theme and, on the right, it's hard to tell, but my thought was Rapunzel looking down from her tower and her braided hair swirling around. This was a very quick sketch!

And then a swan dive idea. The picture that inspired me was this one of my grandma doing a swan dive in 1940. One of my favorite pictures. :)

And then a swan dive idea. The picture that inspired me was this one of my grandma doing a swan dive in 1940. One of my favorite pictures. :)

I'll post the assignment on Friday. :)

Creative Week #7

It has been a busy week! But I still got my 7 drawings done. :)

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44/365 – Acrylic on wood. This little girl is for the Make Art That Sells bootcamp (post coming eventually).

44/365 – Acrylic on wood. This little girl is for the Make Art That Sells bootcamp (post coming eventually).

45/365 - Inspired by the Instagram of @littledrill (again).

45/365 - Inspired by the Instagram of @littledrill (again).

This little beauty inspired by the Instagram of @blogalacart 

This little beauty inspired by the Instagram of @blogalacart 

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I did end up adding some color to their dresses.

I did end up adding some color to their dresses.

Creative Week #6

Six weeks have come and gone and I feel like I'm getting into a groove. I really look forward to my drawing time every day. I've been trying to do portraits/people everyday this month. So far, so good. My 8-year-old son's portrait has been the biggest challenge. I've discovered it's hard to draw boys! I'll have to try to draw him again...maybe. 

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37/365 - wanted to try something a little different and more illustrated with the hair and I think I love it.

37/365 - wanted to try something a little different and more illustrated with the hair and I think I love it.

38/365 - a friend asked me to draw her picture in this style. I was happy with how it turned out - and so was she!

38/365 - a friend asked me to draw her picture in this style. I was happy with how it turned out - and so was she!

Missed my watercolors and wanted to try a kid again. I think it's ok, but borderline creepy. Ha!

Missed my watercolors and wanted to try a kid again. I think it's ok, but borderline creepy. Ha!

Wanted to try more of a children's book style.

Wanted to try more of a children's book style.

41/365 - Part 1. This drawing was inspired by this picture.

41/365 - Part 1. This drawing was inspired by this picture.

42/365 - The finished piece. 

42/365 - The finished piece. 

We did get our new assignment for MATS bootcamp so I will have to write a post on that soon. See you next Creative Week!

Liebster Award - Getting to Know Other New Blogs

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I was honored to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Jennifer from Made to Nurture. It's a fun way to discover other blogs with less than 200 followers (like myself) and have new people read your blog, too! I was excited to participate. My requirements were to tell 11 random facts about myself, answer Jennifer's 11 questions, and nominate 11 other new (or small-less than 200 followers) blogs to do the same. :)

11 Random Facts About ME

  1. I have a super short attention span for music. Most usually just annoys me.
  2. I memorize and can recall most commercial jingles (even though I don’t like music). I don’t do it on purpose.
  3. I once rode the tram in the Detroit airport with Kevin Bacon. I was too freaked out to say anything to him, though. I was surprised I had that reaction around a celebrity.
  4. I started out in college as a pre-med major (then switched to art in my 2nd year).
  5. I kind of wished I’d trained to be a medical illustrator.
  6. I don’t like any dark colored pop (soda) - coke, pepsi, root beer, etc. = yuck.
  7. My husband and I went to school together from 5th-10th grade. He left to go to a different school and I didn’t see him for 15 years even though we lived in the same small town. Then, we were matched on eHarmony…and the rest is history!
  8. I’m a true introvert in that I need alone time to recharge. Being around people definitely zaps my energy. I also rarely feel the need to leave my house. Ha ha.
  9. I have visited England, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Japan (only in the airport on a layover), Mexico and Canada. I would love to travel to France and Turkey someday!
  10. My favorite color is gray.
  11. I have 3 kids ages 11, 8 and 3.

Jennifer's Questions for Me

1) What is your passion in life?

Other than faith and family, it's definitely art. I read about art, think about art and do art as often as I can!

2) How did you choose your blog name?

I knew I wanted to create an art blog, but I also thought about it as "drawing myself out" so it became drawingsarah.

3) Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to make art on a more consistent basis and I figured a blog would help keep me accountable.

4) How do you organize your blogging schedule?

My goal has always been to draw and paint everyday but I try to blog once a week. So I really don't have a schedule even though I know I should.

5) If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

This feels shallow and I'll probably think of someone more meaningful after I publish this post, but I'd love to meet the actress, Kate Winslet.

6) What do you hope to accomplish in 2015?

I really hope to open an etsy shop and make a sale!

7) Name three characteristics that best describe yourself.

Creative, Loyal, Sassy (to close friends)

8) What is your dream job?

Illustrator!

9) Who do you admire the most?

Rather than choosing one person, I'm going to say I admire those most who have integrity, who are the same behind closed doors as they are in public.

10) Favourite song of all time

*See Random Things about Me #1 - ha ha. Anyway, probably Yesterday by The Beatles.

11) Favourite quote

"I hope you live a life you're proud of." – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Blogs I Nominate (Go check them out!)

Beatriz Acevedo

Sarah Clare

Emily Cromwell

Inga Foltz

Tasha Goddard

Dawn Gonzales

Julie Harrison

Allyn Howard

Melissa M Iwai

Nancie Rowe-Janitz

Tessa Rath

11 Questions for My Nominees to Answer

  1. When did you first know you had a talent for art?
  2. What is your favorite medium?
  3. Do you ever fear the blank page? How do you overcome that fear?
  4. What is a goal for 2015?
  5. What is the most challenging thing about the art you make?
  6. Describe a typical day. Do you keep a schedule?
  7. What inspires you most?
  8. Coffee or tea? What is your favorite drink?
  9. What is the best art advice/tip you've ever received?
  10. Are you a self-taught artist or did you go to art school? Where? For self-taught, did you read books, take online classes, etc?
  11. What is your favorite social media? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Any others?

Ladies, I can't wait to read your answers to these questions! I checked out all the blogs and there is so much beautiful work to drool over!

Thanks again, Jennifer, for nominating me. This was fun!

Creative Week #5

I can't believe another week has come and gone. For the month of February, I'm thinking of doing all portraits. I'll probably mix it up with different styles and medium and there might be a reason I picked the shortest month of the year. Ha ha! And now that January is over, I'll have to always look at the drawing the day before to figure out the #/365. :)

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My daughter, Emma.

My daughter, Emma.

My son, Aiden. His face is a little wonky (in the drawing, not in real life!). This one made me remember that boys are hard to draw!

My son, Aiden. His face is a little wonky (in the drawing, not in real life!). This one made me remember that boys are hard to draw!

My son, Eli.

My son, Eli.

This one was inspired by a picture on the Instagram account of @littledrill. This was created with black acrylic paint and a white paint pen.

This one was inspired by a picture on the Instagram account of @littledrill. This was created with black acrylic paint and a white paint pen.

Art Manifesto

A couple weeks ago, people participating in the Make Art That Sells bootcamp, were emailed a sort-of bonus project – a manifesto competition. Create an art manifesto based on what you've learned from the Make Art That Sells courses. Having only taken one course, and only in the first month of that, I immediately thought I didn't have time for it. I was busy with work and finishing up January's assignment, too. But once work calmed down and the assignment was turned in, I started to think about it. I got inspired and, of course, it turned out exactly the opposite of what I had originally pictured in my head. Isn't that always how it goes?

My manifesto...

It's different for me with the dark background and hand lettering but I think I love it. What do you think? Do you have a manifesto, mantra or just a word that you are trying to live by this year?

We also got our February mini assignment today so I'll be back with a post on that soon!

The Bootcamp Gallery is Open!

It's open! I was so excited to see what all the other artists had submitted and there is some gorgeous work! Take a look here.

I ended up on page 10! They're not in alphabetical order so I think they are probably in the order they were submitted. Guess it pays to get done and submitted early. That's a goal of mine for next month.

There I am, in the middle on page 10!

There I am, in the middle on page 10!

After not looking at it for a couple days, am I in love with my design? Not so much. I like it but it's very clean and looks very digital to me, if that makes sense. I prefer art that looks more hand drawn or maybe it just needed better execution on the computer. Or maybe it was the colors. I didn't have time to deviate much from my original idea so I probably would've tried other things. That's ok, though. Thankful for the learning experience and motivation to keep creating.