A Year of Creative Habits: Week 3

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
— Kurt Vonnegut

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 3 (January 17 - 23), the following links will take you to my Instagram stream:


I can't believe we're into the last week of January. Come Sunday, I'll have drawn or painted something in my sketchbook for 31 days, a record for sure. I owe a lot to the fact that every morning, I can watch a video by Lisa Congdon showing me how she draws three or four variations of an object.

Usually, I search for more examples. Then I try a few and fuss for a bit. Am I being lazy? Am I trying too hard? Should I stop now before I ruin what I've done? All that and more.

And then I recall the beginners' yoga instructions I heard, and then repeated as a teacher: find your edge, that space between too little and too much. Do too little and you don't get the benefits of the pose. Do too much and you risk injuring yourself.

Week 3 has been all about finding my edge. I want to finish my piece and post it, yet I want to feel that I've given it my best shot.

This creativity thing is like the story of the blind men trying to describe an elephant. It's a huge animal to portray while relying on your own hands and imagination, only.


I need to come up with a plan for the next month of creative habits. I have an idea for a project I'd like to do but I'd like a plan for my sketchbook pages. I could come up with my own list of objects to draw or follow another challenge. Any suggestions? I hope to have a solution before next Monday. Right now, would be good.