Sketching challenge

Yesterday I was listening to an interview with Caroline Myss on YouTube, and when I listen to webinars/interviews/some such thing, I need something mindless to occupy me to keep my body from fidgeting. I’ve been knitting a lot while listening, but the shawl I’m knitting right now demands too much as I haven’t landed the pattern yet. And so I’ve been playing patience, which is fun but frustratingly unproductive and usually shows how much pain I’m in, more than anything else. Grabbing a deck of cards is a good way to distract myself from pain, as I don’t need to think. So I decided to grab my mini bloc of sketching paper. I used to draw constantly, but after my MS forced me from art/design school I found it very hard to pick up a pencil again. Or a brush or chalk or whatever. On one hand, my creativity is inextricably linked to who I am, and as far as I am able to discern I have more than one archetype linked to creativity. On the other hand, pursuing creativity as a career produced so much stress that I became horrendously ill, and I exited my dream education by way of a 2 1/2 week stay in hospital. Somehow that experience made a link in my subconscious between being creative and becoming seriously sick. Fast forward 21 years, I am now a mum with two kids that are growing up beautifully, and I have done a lot of inner work to clear all these crap links. Because, far from becoming ill by being creative, the opposite is true. If I don’t create, I become ill. And I yearn to get back to drawing and to develop as an artist. With parenting being less time consuming – babies and toddlers eat you whole, teens not so much – I think it’s time to seriously pursue my creativity again. Which brings me back to the beginning of this post, listening to Caroline Myss. Instead of grabbing the deck of cards I grabbed my miniature Grand Bloc. 10×10 cm. Perfect size for non-threatening sketching. 

She was talking about grace, and the need to embody this, so I drew the word and added some hears and naïve flowers. 


Then the theme became destiny, and I drew that word. 

And that was it. Yesterday, that is. This morning I sat down and decided I needed to find more words to draw, so I drew “vennlig” which is Norwegian for friendly.

No more words yet, because I realised I needed to challenge myself. I need to draw at least one word daily, but preferably more. Will five be to many? Maybe I should settle for three? And maybe I should also grab a pen and ink the outlines before colouring. Who knows. Anyway, the thing is, that being as rusty as I am I have to make sure I allow myself time to build up my stamina. So maybe only one to three drawings a day. Quick pencil sketch only. So, as we’re on the last day of May, let this be my goal for June. Daily doodles of a word or phrase. And posting to instagram @windingsorensen daily, with weekly updates here. That should be doable, though my belly tells me it’s not so sure. Fingers crossed! Wish me luck, and if you have a word or (short) phrase you’d like me to work with, feel free to add it to the comments.

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About thenaughtybun

Mother of two, diagnosed with MS in '94, and have been on a mission ever since. Constantly searching for the best health possible, and trying out all kinds of stuff to be able to live a good life, MS or not. My goal is to leave the MS behind, but that has yet to come (haven't given up hope, though!).
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15 Responses to Sketching challenge

  1. Pia says:

    Actually I’m going to be a bit of a party pooper here. “challenge myself. I need to draw at least one word daily, but preferably more.” Yeah, THAT, and not the creativity is what makes us ill. The demand on yourself. I suggest doing this and aiming at picking up your pad every day for sure, but no numbers, no deadlines, and no regrets if you skip a day. If a day is difficult, instead of pushing, colour in the drawings you already made. “Challenge” is part of your old programming, are you ready to see the word in a new light that makes it a synonym to “FUN”?

    • Touché. 😆 I don’t mind this kind of party pooping. The thing is, it’s just too easy to do nothing. Three mini sketches a day is a far cry from what I did at college. And of course, it wasn’t the drawing that did me in, but the ridiculous amount of stress.
      I’ll keep your words in mind, but I hope one month of maybe 30 min sketching in the morning can revive what was once a vibrant part of life, because I do miss it.

      • Pia says:

        It’s a balance. And the same thing done with two different mindsets can have vastly different effects.

        The good thing is that you miss it – so that’s a step in the right direction.

        På dansk siger vi: “Det er lysten som driver værket”.

      • True. I’m no longer aiming for best in class. 😃😎
        Og jeg er helt enig! Og ulysten stopper det gjerne…

      • Pia says:

        Jeg er spændt på, hvad der sker med min krop under eller efter min 21 dages IG udfordring… Og så har jeg forresten nyligen købt en lille 10×10 skitsebog også! Tænkte øve blind contour eller noget. Men endnu er siderne helt tomme…

      • 10×10 er en deilig størrelse, man fyller den så fort, selv om man tegner smått og detaljrikt.

  2. Enjoyed your post. I too listen to Caroline Myss (lots of her recorded CD’s on my shelf). And I’m half Norwegian and can read it a little. Klem!

  3. Barbara says:

    Oh wow, welcome back, I’m so glad you are creating again. I will think of a word for you, and I may even join you in your idea. I create all the time, but my drawing skills need lots of work. First I will make a 10cm x 10cm sketchbook to work in, I like the idea of the small size.

  4. Barbara says:

    Hi thank you for the follow – as promised I thought of a word that is often in my mind ‘Peace’ – perhaps you could use that for one of your daily sketches.

    • Funny that, I thought of the same word this morning – but I had done my three. So I might just use that tomorrow. It’ll percolate all day, so it will be interesting to see what it ends up as.

      • Barbara says:

        I have made a start on my word sketches. I’m not very good at it, but the small size – I chose 5″ x 5″ does help quite a lot. I keep trying to make things perfect instead of letting it flow, but I do like the idea a lot and surely I will improve with time.

      • I found setting a time limit helps with the tendency towards perfectionism. I think of these as ideas that I can get back to later. I do want to make a larger umbrelliferae drawing, for instance. With loads of tiny umbrellas. Maybe even umbrella harvest? 😆
        So keep it up! You’ll soon have a catalogue of ideas.

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