When I feel uninspired and have stopped creating for a few days I rely on a few trusted methods for breaking out of my slump. I often try out new tools or pre-paint some journal pages, but the most reliable slump-buster is to draw a prompt from Danny Gregory’s EDM list.
Whenever I feel blocked I remember my plan to eventually work through all 328 prompts.
This is No. 121
I’m not out of the clear yet but I’m going to keep at it. As Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Oh my! I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve worked on my Every Day Matters challenges… I posted my last set of EDM pages on June 22nd. Yowza!
I see #112 was sketched on June 21st but then there was this huge gap of nearly 7 months. I hope I can post my next set in a more timely fashion.
So without further ado…
Text on the above page has been obscured for privacy. Wish I knew how to do this better but until I figure out a way, this will have to do.
Every Day Matters. Along with it’s corollary, Every Day in May, is it the only art challenge I’ve ever stuck with. I admit to being a softie for this challenge, back in 2012, sketching items on this list helped me cement a daily art practice. Although I no longer need a prompt to inspire daily drawing, I still enjoy capturing my every day life by working through the list in my journal.
Be here now. Because really…
Every Day Matters!
Since I finished my latest sketchbook this morning I wanted to upload my EDM – Every Day Matters pages when I noticed I hadn’t uploaded my work from my way back in February! So… first things first…
I’m working my way up to number 328… good thing there’s not a deadline! See the entire list here at Danny Gregory’s site.
I’ve hit a snag as I continue working through all of Danny Gregory’s 328 Every Day Matters drawing prompts. But I will not feel guilty. I’m still drawing… just not what’s on the list.
No deadline… it’s all good.
Just a quick check-in on my progress… still working my way down to #1 on the EveryDay Matters list.
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I’m still working on my EveryDay Matters Challenges.
There’s never an excuse for not having any inspiration for drawing; the EDM list is long and varied. So I figure… if one challenge is good why not another? I just found Journal52. One prompt and a little inspiration each week… check out the blog to see what has been suggested this far.
I’m not much of a mixed media artist so I’m doing it my way. Am I behind? You bet but I’m undaunted; catching up is fun!
Way back in 2012 I heard about a group committed to sketching every day in the month of May. I did some searching and found Wendy/Quirkyartist and Liz Steel/Borromini Bear planned to do what has been called EDiM… Every Day in May. They spread the word to use the Everyday Matters Challenge list starting with #100 and go in reverse order for the month.
I thought it was wonderful that there was a list of 100 sketching prompts out in the interwebs for me to use. Little did I know that I would find the list was much longer. As of now there are 328 drawing prompts! The full list is kept by Karen Winters and can be found on her blog. This is turn led me to Danny Gregory, friend and sketching guru to those of us who found our artistic way later in life.
I started in on May 1st 2012 with #100 and decided to work backward to #1 and then pick up at #101 and work my way to 328. Even allowing for lapses and my other work I thought I’d be further along than I am now.
Sheesh! I was working fairly regularly on the list when I hit #22 – Draw a piece of clothing. I don;t know what it was but the list just kept getting transferred from sketchbook to sketchbook and that piece of clothing never got it’s day. I did plenty of other sketching… I even drew my clothes as I packed for my vacation. But I didn’t label it as EDM 22.
I only had a few more pages to go in my sketchbook and again I thought of moving my list to the new journal.
NO! I will not move it without making progress! … Earmuffs count as clothing, don’t they?
The spell has been broken! I finished the sketchbook (one of my handmade books with Fab. Art. 140# soft press paper) with EDM 21.
EDM 20, 19 & 18 have been the first entries into my new Stillman & Birn Alpha. This is a new sketchbook for me and it’ll be interesting to see how I like the paper. I noticed how white it is right away. Boy, the colors just pop!
You can see some buckling at the bottom left where I painted a fairly wet wash. It flattened as it dried and now seems to be within my “acceptable” range. The Alpha has a lot pages so I better get used to it… 124 pages… that’s twice what I have in my beloved Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal. The paper is slightly lighter,150gsm to Strathmore’s 190 gsm, so we’ll see. It’s always fun to try new things.