Day 100!

Today marks day 100 of my goal to draw or paint every day in 2016 and I haven't missed a day yet! It has been a roller coaster! I started an amazing new job in January and I knew it was going to be a struggle to continue making art while working full time so this challenge was a way to keep myself motivated and progressing as an artist.

When I started the challenge, I decided I would wake up early and draw/paint in my sketchbook before work because I knew I would be too tired when I got home and that has seemed to work well. At first it was an adjustment to be waking up so early and I often struggle with not knowing what to draw or how to start so early in the morning, but it has developed into precious, quiet, creative time that I look forward to each morning. It means that I am filled up creatively before tacking the day and I find that makes me a much better person.

What is really cool is seeing my progression in style from when I started to now. My drawings at the beginning look awkward and not very cared for or developed. Where now I see that I can make fewer marks to get my point across and that makes the drawings more sophisticated to me. Even though I feel like I start the same way every day,  no two drawings ever end up the same which is pretty awesome. Varying the colours and perspectives and changing from using photo references to making things up in my head seems to help with getting good variety. And when I am working on larger pieces, I feel more confident in my decision making, where I am putting colours, marks and the overall composition.

I would encourage anyone who wants to develop their style, doing one small thing every day goes a long way. It is hard and a lot of the time you don't feel like doing it but the only way you can make progress is slow and steady.

Here are my top 10 favorite drawings from the first 100 days.

Thanks for following along! I hope you feel inspired to make time to do something you really love every day. <3

Get To Work Book

So I finally opened my online shop yayyyyyy! This had been a goal of mine all summer and I had a really difficult time at the beginning. I have so much trouble prioritizing all the things I have to do so I end up doing nothing, except wandering around the apartment aimlessly cleaning things until I have to be at work. That was until I got my Get To Work Book!

My sister wanted to get me a planner for my graduation present because she had gotten me two great ones that had been my lifelines for the past two years. We did a little research together and decided on Elise Blaha Cripe's Get To Work Book. I watched the video where she flips through and talks about all of it's features and I was so excited because it had all of the things I look for in a planner and then some.

  1. Monthly AND weekly full page views. I am such a visual person and I need to see things written out both in a monthly at-a-glance view and broken down into weekly and daily tasks. I do my meal planning on the weekly view and make lists for things I need to remember to pick up that week.
  2. A ton of note space. For ideas that randomly come to me while I'm on the subway. I use this space for blog post ideas, instagram hashtags I want to keep track of, a huge goal list, and other things I need to get out of my brain and on to paper. I'm able to keep track of everything in one place. In previous planners I've used, there is barely any note space, so I'm always hesitant to write things in it in case I use it all up and end up needing it later. (I know, I have issues)
  3. Goal setting. There is the Reflect and Goal Set page where you can be intentional at the beginning of the month about what's working, what's important to work on this month and what to let go of. And then there is the Project page where you can break down one of your larger goals into smaller pieces which is the best way to tackle something that seems impossible. 
  4. Also, it's super pretty. And let's be honest that's important. It has a beautiful simple and clean design which allows you get creative with colours and doodles ! It even comes with beautiful motivational tear out prints which I hang in my studio space to keep me on track.

This book has helped me so much. I am one of those people who has to physically write things down so that I remember them. I think I was the only person who took handwritten notes in an actual notebook at school and not a Macbook. That made me feel old haha! I love sitting down with my coffee to plan my day and look at my to do list in the morning. It helps me feel like I have a plan and I am in control of getting things done.

I cannot recommend this book enough, if you are like me and you need something physical you can hold in order to help you get your thoughts out, plan your days and keep yourself organized, this is the tool for you!