Thursday, November 30, 2017

My Tropical Take on Drawcember

I have been trying to draw every day.  I usually do something creative every day, but I know that if I want to improve my drawing skills, then I need to draw every day.  I've tried many different daily drawing challenges, some with more success than others, but usually I feel constrained by the prompts.  If I can't think of anything to draw for the prompt, I go to Google Images and I usually end up copying someone else's doodle or a piece of clip art.  Now, I know that all drawing practice is good for me, but I have a hard time staying motivated when I am just copying clip art into my sketchbook.  As I was browsing Instagram for Drawcember prompts a few days ago, I felt even less inspired.  Most of the prompts involve snow and things related to Christmas.  Ugh!  

Meanwhile I can't stop thinking about the amazing vacation I took last December when I went to Costa Rica! 
I fell in love and decided then and there that I would take a tropical vacation every December.  Unfortunately, this year I am recovering from surgery and was unsure if I would be able to travel, so I stayed home, in rainy Oregon.  So, instead of traveling to the tropics, I plan to draw the tropics.  I brainstormed a list of things that come to mind when I think of Costa Rica.  I am not assigning a prompt to each day; I am using the list as inspiration each day when I sit down to draw.  I might end up drawing sloths each and every day (I am a little obsessed with sloths right now), and that's ok.  

Here is my list:

If you are interested in joining me on this tropical adventure, I'd love to see your daily drawings.  I'll be tagging my posts with #TropicalDrawcember as well as #Drawcember2017

Do you draw every day?  How do you stay motivated?
Please share your tips and tricks in the comments.
No, really, I need help!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

30 Days of Brave Challenge

I have decided to try the 30 days of brave challenge during the month of May.

 I have been trying to build my blog and eventually start my business but year after year my plans get pushed back and ignored.  This year I have decided to be brave and push myself to move forward with the process.  And so I am participating in the 30 Days of Brave Challenge.

On day one of the challenge I had to find a physical object to remind me of the challenge daily.  I chose a slightly too small bracelet (the one you see in the image above).  It is just tight enough to keep me on track without being uncomfortable.

Today is day two:  I am committed.  One of my choices today was to make a public announcement of my commitment to the challenge.  I will post my progress throughout the month.  So far I have started writing up my business plan and I am learning how to create better images for my blog.  I can't wait to see where this month and this challenge will take me.  Feel free to follow along on the blog or join me in the challenge!