Choosing a Creative Habit

This is it, time to make a commitment for the new year, and not a day too soon. I decided several weeks ago to make 2016, A Year of Creative Habits. Following Crystal Moody's lead through her 12-month course, I'll be starting my creative habits in this manner:

  • fill a sketchbook page every day;
  • keep track of my habit by using a goal tracker;
  • share my completed page, or a glimpse of the process, each day on Instagram;
  • weigh in on my progress (such optimism) here, once a week.

Keeping It Simple

A few days before Christmas, I did a trial run and decided to make some imaginary animals, following the exercises in Carla Sonheim's whimsical book. A piece of ginger turned into a fish (above) and I saw the underside of a bird's neck on the slate floor in the living room. I thought it would be easy to share my drawings since they didn't have to represent anything real.

But then...I'll be gone for two weeks in January and traveling light: a 6-by-6 inch sketchbook, a few pens and pencils and a Koi watercolor set will have to fit along with my laptop, journal and a bunch of et ceteras.

So, I've decided to follow Lisa Congdon's Draw A Day course on Creativebug for the month of January and focus on simply checking off every day on my goal tracker. Keeping it simple may just be the first big lesson for me. I love nothing better than to go down rabbit holes, curiouser and curioser. In 2016, I want to complete a sketchbook page, every day, before I go chasing rabbits.

Happy New Year!