Creating Every Day in 2013

Mellanie Collins, self-portrait, 2013

Today I signed up for the Creative Every Day Challenge.  I’m committing to doing something creative every day in 2013.  What I like about Leah Piken Kolidas’ challenge is that it calls for creativity in it’s broadest sense. So while I may draw or doodle some days, I can also practice my ukelele, take some photos, try a new recipe, or get my garden back into shape.

I often need to remind myself that being creative isn’t always about my drawing and painting.  It’s about anything I do that gives me room to express who I am and allow me to stretch my wings as I strive to live more authentically.

I’ll not post everything I do, really, you don’t want to see it all. But I’ll be updating much more frequently than I have in the past.

So this is it.  I dove in with this self-portrait in my sketchbook.  We’ll see where 2013 takes me.

Cheers!

Mysterious Ladies

His Ex
His Ex
ATC - pen and markers
40s Beauty

Here are two of my favorite artist trading cards from the stack I made last week. I’ve been making custom cards and drawing cards for themed swaps, but these I made just for fun. I traded the 40s Beauty on the right, but I’ve decided to keep the one on the left. I’m still admiring the job I did on the hair. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my three gray Copic markers. I am starting to feel a little tight and cramped drawing these miniatures though. It’s time to take a break and do some larger things.

Another big project for me last week was organizing my blog list. I just put all of my blogs on Google reader and found that I am trying to follow 55 blogs! How did that happen? Fortunately it’s summer and most people aren’t blogging as often. But what am I going to do once all the vacations are over?! I’ve tried to reduce the number, but as soon as I drop one, I find another two to add. *lays head on desk*

Black and White in the Green Season

Here are the latest entries in my art card series. I’m getting pretty addicted to these. It does seem strange to do these black and white drawings when there is this riot of spring color outside.

My neighborhood’s gardens are erupting with new flowers. When I go about my daily walking, all the colors and smells put a spring in my step. It’s been raining like crazy, but the gray clouds just make all the lovely poppies, peonies, and roses stand out even more. So the rain doesn’t really bug me except for the grass growing way too quickly.

I have some outrageous tomato-red oriental poppies in my yard and I would love to draw them. I keep looking at them with the intention of trying to capture them in colored pencil or paint, but my confidence falters and I end up doing some weeding instead. Weeding instead of drawing? What the @!*# is wrong with me?

Shirley Chisholm: Unbossed and Unbought

Shirley Chisholm

This year’s race for the U.S. Democratic nomination has been interesting to watch and it got me thinking about the other African American candidates of the past. Interesting enough, they have all run during my lifetime.

I decided to work on ink portraits of each candidate as way to practice my technique. I’m no historian, so forgive me if my profiles are extremely sketchy. There will be links at the end of the posts if you would like to learn more.

The first in this series is Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005). I will spend more time on this profile than the others Ihave planned because I consider her to be a pretty important historical figure. She was the first African American to seek a major party nomination for the presidency. She ran in 1972 with the slogan “Unbossed and Unbought” which later became the title of a 2005 Peabody award winning documentary of the campaign. Isn’t that a great slogan?

Chisholm had an ethnically diverse group of support that included the National Organization for Woman. She did not win any primaries, but did win 152 delegates, ultimately losing the nomination to George McGovern.

Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress, representing New York’s 12th District from 1969 – 1983. She briefly served as ambassador to Jamaica during the Clinton Administration.

She was a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus.

I can’t even begin do just to the career of this amazing, gutsy, outspoken woman. Here are some links if you would like to find out more:

New York Times Obituary

Wikipedia entry

About.com Women’s History Entry

Shirley Chisholm’s speech on the Equal Rights Amendment

ATCs? Why not?

Kind of Blue - ATCApprehension

I’ve been doing little doodles and deciding to call them artist trading cards. These are little art pieces that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches and can be created in any medium.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these and thought it would be fun to see what I would be able to do with such a small size. I also like the idea of trading cards with other artists.

These aren’t so original, but still fun to do. I am getting addicted to this comic style. I wonder if I should try trading? I’ll probably need to do something a little more interesting. I’m thinking of putting them up on the ATC group over at Flickr or finding a group on Yahoo. Any suggestions?

I’ve got a new series that I’m working on. Something historical…

Before I sign off, I’m posting another picture by request of my dear husband. This is one of many drawings that I did for the last post in my “The Office” series.   The card above is a cartoon version of this drawing.  I really do like this drawing quite a bit, but I was going for a likeness and it just missed.   Rejected Dawn drawing

That’s all for now!  Thanks for coming by!

Back to the Everyday Matters Challenges

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Major accomplishment here. I actually completed an Everyday Matters challenge the same week that it was announced. WOO-HOO! When it comes to personal successes I prefer to keep the bar fairly low. That way I can constantly be pleased with myself.

I really don’t have a favorite cooking tool because I don’t get thrilled by cooking. But measuring spoons remind me of baking. Something like cake or cookies. Mmmmm…

Drawing Scissors

I remember years ago I sat and drew pages of scissors as a sort of negative space exercise. Scissors work really well for training yourself to see the spaces around things. edm105

EDM challenge 105 gave me an excuse to sit down with these folding scissors. I think they’re pretty cool. I like the name stamped on them: SAFE-T-SNIP. I rarely use them for anything practical. I just pick them up and fold and unfold them absently and then toss them back on the counter or wherever I happen to find them that day.