A Year of Creative Habits: Week 2

To all viewers but yourself, what matters is the product: the finished artwork. To you, and you alone, what matters is the process: the experience of shaping that artwork
— David Bayles and Ted Orland in Art and Fear
I've committed to 2016 as being my year of creative habits. Inspired by a year-long course led by Crystal Moody, I intend to fill a sketchbook page every day and share an image of my process or completed page on Instagram. Each Monday, I'll collect my pages and list observations of the past week and my intentions for the following, here on my blog.
To help me focus during January, I'm following Lisa Congdon's Draw A Day series, using her quick instructional videos to get me started every day.

If you'd care to see what I've done in Week 2 (January 10-16), the following links will take you to my Instagram stream:


I kept all of this week's artwork in a single 7-by-10 inch sketchbook, which shortened the decision making process by a few minutes and a lot of angst. At this rate, I'll be able to hold a completely filled sketchbook in my hands in less than a month!

My biggest win of the week? Realizing the importance of sharing my stuff. I've resisted it in other courses. Had I not been committed to posting a photo every day, I probably would have abandoned several pieces at the third sign of frustration. Instead, I went with the "done is better than being perfect" motto, another gem from Essentialism, and checked another day off my habit tracker.

The other plus of sharing my work is that my opinions of my images are outnumbered by the "likes" I receive. Which at this stage of my creative habit formation, is critical. My work right now, is to fill a sketchbook page, every day. That really is the final product I'm after, but I'm gaining so much more from the process: draw, photograph and post.


I'm away from home and my usual stash of art materials for the next two weeks. I've limited myself to my mechanical pencil, a Koi watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box and a set of Prismacolor Pencils. I'm anxious to see if fewer choices nudge me to be a bit more creative.

It will also be interesting to see how I adapt to a change in my daily routine. Will my two week old habit shrink or expand? I intend for it to expand, or at least learn yet another thing about the creative process.

I wish you all a productive and creative week.