I have been using the daily drawing prompts with Lisa Congdon on the Creative Bug as my morning creativity warmup. Usually in the giant cookbook I've been sketching in lately and usually I don't feel like sharing my results. But sometimes I put in a bit more time and use better paper and I am more likely to share my work as it feels more me and less derivative.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to take part in the fabulous online course on art business offered by the inspiring Lisa Congdon. I was doubly lucky enough to have been given a VIP spot for Christmas by my husband. The VIP membership included a one hour skype with Lisa on Tuesday after the course ended. It was a great experience and I feel better prepared to go out in the world with my artwork and to stop waiting for my work to be perfect. I shifted uncomfortably in my seat when she discussed how perfectionism is a career killer.
Having fun with a dip pen, white acyclic ink, abstract shapes and making a mess in my studio. This is why I cover my work surface with craft paper and why I always wear an apron. The geodoodles are back and I am loving combining them with the concentric circles of watercolor and paint splatters. Last night I went to bed thinking about drawing more with my dip pen.
Saturday Share. My new weekend ritual. Lisa Congdon is a talented and popular illustrator who has a worth ethic that will inspire anybody to get off their butt and get drawing and creating. Lucky for me she happened to be hosting a four week Creative Bug video class on Line Drawing that I signed up and took. I allowed myself to copy in my sketchbook for a little while while I got back to my own voice. Copying really gets an unfair rep when it is such a good way to master skills. My six year old daughter loves to copy me and everything she sees. That is how she learns, learning by doing. The trick is to make sure you keep going into your own voice eventually. So I copied Lisa for a day or two in my sketchbook. But soon enough it got for me to copy and I was forced to find my own way and that is where I am at right now. It is a great class, especially the first two lessons. I highly recommend anybody that likes to draw to sign up for it.
On a lark I signed up for a free trail and then a month of Creative Bug for the month long drawing class with Lisa Congdon and it has been great. Thankfully I am already a longtime Micron pen fan and I was able to dive right in and get to drawing. Then during our vacation day this week after being home and working while the kids played nicely together (I'm serious really I could get used to this growing up and maturing business) I put on the first video lesson for Alex and she was transfixed. She loves art and drawing and she is very much in sponge mode lately so she just took everything in. I am looking forward to seeing what she does with the material.