My dear readers,
Here’s wishing you and your family
and Christ-centred Christmas
and a peaceful and restful festive season.
Sharing some of my Doodlewashed December Christmas sketches.
Until 2018, be blessed! Love, Nadene
Recently I shared that I had started Sketching Again. I decided to keep my Mom’s Nature Journal and sketchbook out on my desk as a visual reminder, and I try to spend about 20 minutes daily sketching and painting in time squeezed between folding laundry and preparing dinner.
I was particularly happy how my first watercolour portrait came out, but I am not including the second portrait I did of my other daughter because it was so completely off that it would be a huge injustice to her if I posted it. Portraits are really tricky!
I enjoyed creating all the details in “Popping bubble wrap” and felt good about the painting of the hands in “Rock., Paper, Scissors”. The other paintings felt a bit “meh”, but I enjoyed the process and feel that I am learning as I go along.
For those who are keen to try sketching daily, why not join the rest of the world (really!) with Inktober 31 Days 31 Drawings.
I encourage you, moms, to also make the time to sit and sketch weekly. Join your children in the weekly Sketch Tuesday topic, or sit and create an entry in your Mom’s nature journal page. It is wonderful to give yourself time to sit and be creative.
Recently I shared that I had lost my inspiration and that somehow I had lost the joy in my sketching. Truth be told, I actually hated my own recent art work. Every attempt seemed so childish, colored-in and flat. It wasn’t the lack of inspiration, but the lack of style.
I love pinning ideas and finding artists who inspire me on Pinterest and Instagram posts. There is an endless stream of amazing sketches and art, but the result of all this influence is not helpful to developing one’s own art.
You need to create your own art to find your own creative style.
My 17-year-old daughter’s advice to me was to try a new art medium or technique. This is very helpful, especially if you just play around without an end product in mind. I suppose recovering from lost art inspiration is a bit like horse riding after a fall; you need to get straight back up and ride again. But in the end, finding art inspiration and personal style is like the Nike slogan ~ “Just do it“.
My first attempts were not too bad, but I found that, as I sketched daily, I rediscovered something in my style that I liked, and the joy returned. I loved the simple pleasure of sketching and painting. I loved the quiet, right-brain activity. And I enjoyed my art again.
While still finding my new artistic joy, I want to encourage you, moms, to also make the time to sit and sketch weekly. You need times of creativity. Join your children in the weekly Sketch Tuesday topic, or sit and create a nature journal page (prompts at the bottom of the post) each week. It is so restorative.
Charlotte Mason called it “Mother Culture“; spending time learning and growing. Spend regular time reading your own book list, creating art and journaling in nature; all part of your personal growth portfolio.
May I encourage you if you haven’t done any sketching for a while ~ Start again, Just Do It!
Any of you who have followed my blog for some time will know that for years and years my children and I have participated in Barb‘s Sketch Tuesday. Almost every week I shared our sketches and created a wonderful portfolio of our work. But over the past year, as my children grew up and became more independent teenagers, they no longer wanted to take part.
This was because they had become increasingly productive, independent artists. Almost every single day they sketch, doodle, paint or create! They have filled tons of books, pages and journals with amazing art and creativity. In fact, their requests for any gift is usually sketchbooks, watercolor paper and art supplies.
They. are. artists.
Last year I finally opened an Instagram account to share my art, doodles, homesteading and knitting and other creative activities that I enjoy. I discovered Charlie O’Shield’s Doodlewashed.com and joined his monthly doodle challenges. In fact, much to my surprise, a month or so later, I was Doodlewashed!
And so, for sometime, we haven’t taken part in Sketch Tuesday. However, after reading Barb’s post Harmony Art Mom – Creative Month January, I decided to once again make Sketch Tuesday a regular part of my Mother Culture’s creative goals.
I share this post because Sketch Tuesday seems like a very innocent activity, but it yield enormous rewards! I wrote about the advantages of regularly sketching, but I never imagined that it would produce such an incredible, lasting gift of creativity in all of our lives.
Do not despise any small beginnings.
Make space and time in your and your children’s lives for art, not for any end result, but for the simple joy of creativity. Join your children and sketch together with them. It is intimate, relaxing and soothing. It will recharge you as a mom.
If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you join Sketch Tuesday.
Creatively yours, Nadene
So, what exactly is Doodlewashed? Here’s Charlie’s explanation (emphasis mine) ~
DOODLEWASH – (noun)
- Anything one creates that involves a drop of water to create beautiful washes of color and/or ink: I grabbed my brush and made a new doodlewash.
DOODLEWASH – (verb)
- To apply water to colors and/or ink for the purpose of creating immense satisfaction: After I finished that sketch, I just had to doodlewash it!
DOODLEWASHER – (noun)
- Avid creator and artist who uses water with color and/or ink to make beautiful things
- One who can’t resist adding splashes of water to sketches: I sometimes just use pen and ink, but I’m a doodlewasher at heart.
- A super cool person: No way! I didn’t know she was a doodlewasher. That’s so awesome!
DOODLEWASHING – (verb-ing)
- The compulsive need to make something new and then apply water to it: I know there’s a new show on TV, but I’d rather be doodlewashing.
DOODLEWASHED – (adjective)
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a person who has become addicted to daily doodlewashing: I can’t imagine stopping now. I’m totally doodlewashed!
- The state of being one feels while “in the zone” while creating a doodlewash: It’s been how many hours? Oh my, I was so doodlewashed I didn’t notice.
- Having your amazing watercolor art featured on doodlewash.com: Yay! I’ve been doodlewashed!
- happy, calm, ecstatic, relaxed, delirious (it’s really your call here)
I took part in his August Adventure “Share Your Favorite Things” and it was a wonderful way to get to learn a little more about each other. He posted 31 topics for the month and we shared our daily sketches on Instagram’s #WorldWatercolorGroup.
Similar to participating in Sketch Tuesday, the simple act of daily sketching and sharing really heightened my creative juices, and I couldn’t wait to doodle and draw daily.
Join @Doodlewashed September Travel Memories and share in the creative Doodlewashing fun!