Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A little challenge for November

Today, I read about the fabulous challenge Elin of Huldas Burålåda set herself for this months: One motif - thirty pictures. A different painting of the same motif for each day of the month. I think it's a wonderful and creative challenge, and I'm looking forward to seeing the different pictures she's going to create. And it has inspired me to look for a little challenge for myself as well.

She got the inspiration for this challenge from two sources: The Sketchbook Challenge, and Art Every Day Month. I've known about the The Sketchbook Challenge before, and have been wanting to participate for quite a while now, but somehow  never managed so far. The Art Every Day Month challenge was a new discovery for me. And I've quite spontaneously signed up for it. Committed to it. There's no chance that I'll be able to paint every day, but it should be possible to do a little something every day, right? It doesn't have to be something big, just a little sketch, like the leaf  on the left, which I made in my notebook last week on the train. That really should be possible.

In fact, I had decided to do something like this  quite a few weeks ago, in order to get back into the  habit of drawing regularly. I had bought a little sketchbook to carry with me all the time especially for this. I've done a few sketches, mostly on the train, but then, somehow, the sketchbook got lost somewhere under a pile of books in my home, and disappeared. So, here's a new start. Tonight, I'm going to find that sketchbook, put it back into my bag, and take it out every day to make a little sketch of something. And when I have some more time, I'll make a little painting. I've still got a whole pile of leaves I collected, which I wanted to paint anyway.

So here's today's piece, a quick little pencil sketch of an apple, which I did in my lunch break.  I just couldn't wait until tonight, so I had to use ordinary copy paper, which made the blending a bit less smooth as I'd wanted. I really have to find that sketchbook!

I won't be able to post my sketches and paintings for this challenge here on my blog every day - painting/drawing something, taking pictures of it, processing them, and putting them all into a blog post, that's just not possible on a daily basis. But I'll plan to post a summary at least one post a week.


  1. Good for you! I would have loved to take part in this but with two craft shows coming up and getting ready to head to FL for four months, I knew I couldn't commit to this right now. Your blog is really looking good. Keep writing and posting and THEY will come!

  2. Yes! I say the same thing as Carol. Good for you! And thank you for writing about me :)

    I will pop in to see that you continue!

  3. Really good idea, though it takes a lot of dedication - but that never seems to be a problem for you - you're always so enthusiastic and driven, it fills me with guilt!!

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of this leaf collection - I find them beautiful and fascinating, and like the sketch you've done here, so many detailed patterns or life and growth within their veins.

    Now I'll just take a bite of that apple, if you don't mind?

  4. Very inspiring post and wonderful sketches.
    Leaves are delightful subject matter with their patterns and variety.

    Have a terrific weekend.
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  5. Great sketch ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy AEDM ^_^