Art · Find Your Flow

Day Eleven: Find Your Flow

Today was the last section of Nina Rycroft’s Face Shapes Class. I really enjoyed the class. I am proud of myself for slowing down and taking my time with it. My usual way is to plow through everything at warp speed just so I can say I’ve finished it (usually in one sitting). This is especially true with these videos because each one is only a few minutes long. However, because of the goals I set forth with #FindYourFlow, I decided to just tackle one face shape a day, creating six different characters, and it was very beneficial for me.

Here’s what I learned:

  • I take on too much and try to get things done too quickly. I need to slow down, take my time, and really pay attention to and absorb what I am trying to learn.
  • I was only drawing one face shape over and over again before taking this class. This class has expanded my knowledge of face shapes, and as such, has expanded the possibilities of character development.
  • Each element of a face is important and shifting even one thing can vastly change the character that emerges. It is amazing the difference eye shape, mouth shape, nose shape, and even hair shape can make for the character.
  • I love sketching with the Caran d’Ache non-photo blue pencil. I love it more than I do graphite. When I go over it with graphite, it loses something. I need to find a graphite pencil that goes down on the page as smoothly as this pencil does.
  • I started out wanting to draw just one character over and over again for the #FindYourFlow thirty days, but realized during the practice sessions that it wasn’t going to work for me. I was flexible rather than pushing through as I usually do, and the very last character I drew for the face shapes class is a very good candidate for the character I was looking to create. So, through my flexibility, and my willingness to expand my practice to all kinds of characters, the one I was looking for emerged anyway, and I had a lot more fun.
  • I can do things slowly even though it goes against my nature.
  • I can do things slowly, and it is beneficial to my progress.
  • I can do things slowly and still finish them.
  • Everything doesn’t have to be done in one sitting. I can learn to trust myself to come back to it and finish it.
  • Small steps are still progress.
  • I am proud of myself for going through something slowly, coming back to it day after day, and completing it.
  • I followed my intuition rather than my logical mind, and it worked out very well. I am proving to myself that following my intuition is safe to do.

I don’t know what I will do for tomorrow’s #FindYourFlow session, but I am going to let my intuition guide me in the direction I need to go.

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Art · Creative Soul Series

Day Ten: Find Your Flow

The consistency in this practice is paying off. Instead of my mind fretting over all kinds of madness when I go to bed, it now is happily occupied trying out different noses, eyes, and mouths on imaginary face shapes. What a fascinating thing this is – proof that my mind is at work on creating art even when I am wholly focused on something else. It’s just really, really cool!

Today’s sketches are again a continuation of Nina Rycroft’s Face Shapes class. These are my attempts at the heptagon-shaped face. I only have one section left in the class – oblong shaped faces, and I will have completed the class. I have some ideas about what I might do next as the thirty days of #FindYourFlow continues, but I haven’t settled on any one thing yet. I am going to leave it up to my intuition to guide the way.

I’ve been catching up on the recordings for the Creative Soul Series with Jennifer Currie today. If you get the chance, take the time to listen/watch them. The whole series is FREE! They are incredibly inspirational, and I’m learning so much!

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Art · Find Your Flow

Day Nine: Find Your Flow

Today has been a better day. I wasn’t motivated to sketch this morning, so I decided to wait until this afternoon. This is oftentimes not the best way for me to get things accomplished because if I don’t get things done in the morning, I get distracted, and whatever it was doesn’t get done. But I managed to carve out some time this afternoon to complete the sketches.

I found myself thinking the following while sketching today: What am I doing here? What am I gaining from this? Am I learning anything? Am I wasting my time? I have a habit of only allowing myself to do things that have tangible results, convincing myself that I don’t have time to do anything else. But today I reminded myself that this process is just about showing up each day and following my intuition, that is all. If I learn nothing else but showing up and listening, those two things will be enough.

Today’s sketches are a continuation of Nina Rycroft’s Face Shapes class on Skillshare. They are all teardrop-shaped faces. I had fun with these. I really enjoy seeing how different characters emerge as I follow my intuition with eye shapes, mouth shapes, ear shapes, and noses. It is incredible how just shifting those around can create a vastly different character.

Here are my six new characters 🙂

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Art · Find Your Flow

Day Three: Find Your Flow

Well…since starting the #FindYourFlow thirty day program, my house has never been so clean! I spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning (something I never do) so that I could avoid the anxiety I feel when I sit down to draw. I need to have things planned out in advance, need to know exactly what I’m doing, and this daily practice is testing me more than I thought it would. It is one thing to say that I will do something, and quite another to actually sit down and do it. For example, I like to buy art supplies but have a much harder time sitting down to use them. Of course, this is different if I know exactly what I’m going to do with them. For this program, though, instead of planning out every day, I’ve decided to go with my intuition. It’s bringing up all kinds of issues for me because I always need to feel in control of everything. Even though I know I control very little, it is really about feeling in control for me. Because of my lack of skills, this practice is way out of my comfort zone of imaginary control.

Today I decided to start Nina Rycroft‘s face shapes class on Skillshare. I thought I would just plow right through the whole class – ha! ha! – but changed my mind, slowed down, and stuck only to the first video of the course – kite-shaped faces. I am fascinated that no matter what I think I’m going to draw, the result is fairies or other mythical creatures. I sense a theme emerging. We shall see.

I find myself struggling with not creating something pretty or eye-pleasing to look at. It feels like it’s not art if it’s rough sketches or dare I say it again…not perfect. But this is all about showing up and putting something down on the page – not perfection, not pretty, just something.

So, with that being said, here are today’s sketches:

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Art · Find Your Flow

Day One – Find Your Flow

I was feeling very hesitant this morning to begin the thirty-day #FindYourFlow practice. I paid the bills, contemplated going back to sleep, and thought about all the other things I needed to do today. It felt like this practice needed to be more somehow, that it had to be more formal than just sitting down and starting. I realized after a while that I was putting pressure on myself to perform in some perfect way which was the source of the resistance. So, I just sat down and paid attention. The page wanted to be in landscape, the face a strong oval, the hair gray, the face aged and a bit tired, the eyes lavender. I used colored pencils which I am not very comfortable using. I like fluid mediums like watercolor and pan pastels that I can spread across a page. But she wanted to be in colored pencil and so that’s what I did. To finish her, I used gamsol to blend. I sat for a moment to listen to what she had to say. She told me that they are always there, that I am loved, that I am the magic.

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Art · Find Your Flow

Practice Runs

For the past few days, I’ve been doing practice runs to see how my thirty-day “Find Your Flow” plan will work for me. My goal was to spend at least thirty minutes sketching boys every morning in order to develop a character for a series of children’s books I’ve written that I want to illustrate.

During the practice runs, the most important thing I’ve learned is that I take the fun out of creativity by trying to control every aspect of the process. I make a plan, and if it doesn’t go like I want, I get frustrated and irritated, feel like a failure, and then quit. This practice period has been no different.

When I sat down to draw different sketches of boys for the practice runs here’s what came out.

 

I started to get really frustrated thinking maybe this isn’t such a good idea. But since I’ve committed to this thirty-day program, I am having to readjust my goals rather than going through my usual “I’m not good enough, forget about it, blah! blah! blah!” routine and running away from it.

I’ve decided that instead of dictating to my creative muse what we will be doing for the next thirty days, I am going to provide the pencil and paper, and let my intuition provide the rest. Instead of having a specific goal of what I want to have created by the end of the thirty days, I’m now excited that I have no idea what will emerge.

For today’s practice run, I just let my intuition show me, and this is what came forth.

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This is interesting because I have been struggling with the idea of thinking for myself lately. This is especially true with the chronic dis-ease I’ve been experiencing. I have chased every lead in order to heal only to find out that what has worked for others does not work for me. Then I go through the process of wondering what is wrong with me, even going as far as trying something that didn’t work again, thinking it’s something I’ve done wrong and this time it will work. I know I have to find a way to interrupt this cycle. So, I’ve been contemplating who I would be without all I’ve been taught to believe and all the influence and opinion of others. What would I believe? What would I know intuitively? Where would it lead me if I got quiet enough to hear my own voice? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard my own voice. What does she sound like? My goal, then, for this thirty days, is to show up, listen, and allow what wants to come out to come out. Maybe, just maybe, I will find myself in there somewhere.

*The watercolor photo above is a piece I completed last night in my handmade watercolor journal. I miss the ocean so much, so I decided to create it.