This week I challenged myself to complete my daily drawings in 30 minutes. Within that 30 minutes I had to come up with the idea, sketch it and colour it. Once the time ran out, down went my tablet pen and my mouse clicked “publish.” As a result, the images aren’t as polished as others may be, and there was little time to refer to reference pictures, but I’m okay with that. This is an exercise in creativity, pure and simple! An exercise that I think is pretty cool. I highly recommend it – you’ll be surprised what your brain can come up with.
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How was your week? What did you get up to?
This week was week 5 in the Artists Way for my creative partner LB and I. While not as difficult as week 4’s week of media deprivation (I’ll write a post on that soon! It was quite the thing to experience), this week brought about a new sense of clarity. Having gone a week without TV, reading, music, social media, etc, I was hesitant to return to my previous ways of spending (read: wasting) time. I definitely watched less youtube and spent less time on tumblr this week, which was great.
I joined the Toronto Urban Sketcher’s group and went to two sessions. The first was at Ryerson University and I spent two and a half hours sketching Young St. It was definitely an exercise in patience, let me tell you! But I am very proud of the sketch I produced and am trying to turn it into something more professional – so stay tuned! It was really energizing to meet some great people, some fellow artists in this big city. It was especially nice to meet people who are trying to pursue the life they want, to put making art front and centre. It’s scary to do so, but scarier I think to live a life of regret for not having done so.
LB and I went to Rouge Park and spent the day hiking and enjoying nature: the dark pine needle covered forest floor; the green stained glassed leaf canopy; the cool bubbling brook. Even though it brought sunburns and bug bites, it was lovely… especially when the day finished off with some summery coolers on the balcony! Summer may finally have arrived in Toronto!
What am I watching?
- I’m currently working my way through Veep season 3 with LB. Very happy to see strong, smart female characters in a comedy.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 is unfortunately coming to a close. I will miss it so much when it’s done. I’ve been #teamSasha since day one! She’s so intelligent, well researched, and talented.
- Twin Peaks Season 3: OMG. This is what I live for week to week. I can’t get enough! So weird. So good. So scary. So unlike anything else out there. Bathe me in it!
What am I reading? (in five words or less)
- The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz:
“Life changing! Ends all suffering”
- QU33R. a collection of LGBTQ comics edited by Rob Kirby
“Sad. Beautiful. Inspiring. Funny. Life.”
- Big Kids by Michael DeForge
“Amazing! Everyone read this please.”
- Goodnight Punpun by Inio Asano
“Weird little kid. Bad things.”
- The Miracle of Mindfulness: an Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
“Calming. Inspiring. Simple.”
Shout out to MJ, one of the organizers of Toronto Urban Sketchers. Check out her lovely, cloudy artwork at https://www.instagram.com/mjsketchbook/
Also, if you’d like to read some charming comics and interesting stories, check out LB’s work. He posts new words every weekday, so there is always something to read. He’s quite the wordsmith in my view. https://loganbrightworks.com/
Now, off to watch the latest episode of Drag Race and finally make that pesto pasta I’ve been putting off all week!
Have a great week, dear reader!