A Year of Creative Habits: Week 12

In 2016, I'm participating in Crystal Moody's Year of Creative Habits. If you're interested in following my creative progress, I post daily to Instagram and weekly here, on Lessons in Balance.

March 20 to 26

I'm not participating in any art challenges this month and while I've had the intention of making a list of things to draw or paint, I DINT. What seems to help is being able to choose between various sketchbook sizes and art materials. Beginning Sunday, March 20: no particular plan here, just toyed with color, collage and line drawing.

Monday. This piece began when I doodled over a page already painted with red strokes in one of Alisa Burke's handmade art journals. The flowers turned into a gown when I pasted a vintage face clipping and colored the rest of the page with a black pen. Her Town, by James Taylor,  was my musical inspiration.


Tuesday. I drew a beetle in one of my sketchbooks, then on a dried leaf from an autograph tree out in the yard.

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.
— Christopher Reeve.
So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Friday. Unfinished collage on a previously painted sketchbook page.


Week 12 ended on Saturday and before heading out for the day, I splashed some watercolor on Yupo paper and left it to dry. In the late afternoon, I cut out some fish shapes, pasted them in my sketchbook and added some lines. I'm definitely going to do more experimenting with Yupo. And now back to my list...