Sketching daily is a great art discipline and finding 20 minutes to sketch is fairly do-able even in the most hectic of schedules. Grab yourself a few basic tools (set out by tutor Nina Weiss) and you’re good to go…
20 min drawing
A box of coloured pencils
a small sketchbook (her hands give an indication of its scale)
Nina finds it’s important to have these basic tools to hand at any moment when inspiration strikes.
Soon, this blog will feature her on a much longer drawing assignment, working from a photograph she took while travelling.
What drawing/sketching/writing tools do you currently have?
Pool them together – you might be surprised.
Now pack them in such a way that you can have them with you, easy to get hold of, for as much of each day as possible.
Can you write a poem, today on the topic “NEW DAY“. This is day one of the PAD (Poem a Day) challenge for November.
If you’re taking part, interpret that how you will, and write a poem.
(If absolutely uninspired by this given topic – I know I’m finding it a bit obvious, cliched and bland – then do an experimental dip into Poetry Foundation online – lots of poets and poems to find out about – they also publish the American Poetry Magazine (front covers of it are featured image above this post). Dip and dive through the website till you find something interesting or pick something totally at random and see if it can be melded to the topic of New Day – and that’s you at the startline.)
If you still come up with banalities and no inspiration – how about working them into a form of poetry which you haven’t tried before? Then at least you’ll be learning and experimenting.
Robert Lee Brewster, setter of the Word Digest challenge – write a poem a day in November – has written his own example on that theme.
Robert Lee Brewster’s New Day Poem:
i had no desire for sugar
or processed foods or
anything else that might
taste good but tries to kill me
& i went for a run & lifted
weights & even sit ups
were not impossible & i
thought this is amazing
that i’m becoming this
version of myself that i
always thought i could be
until around midnight
when i gave in & had a snack
that turned into a meal that
transformed into a slide
that i hope someday will end
What do you mean – it’s a little bit late telling us this, August has started already?! Do I hear dissension? Verily, I raise a quizzical eyebrow.
But wait – let’s find the positive – you can start today and choose either the prompt for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of August. Oh look – the challenge against today’s date is “First” – so that takes you to the first anyway!!
Right: pencils sharpened, favourite writing pen aloft, knitting needles at stun-ningly gorgeous, or whatever creative tools you wish…… and GO!
This may sound surprising to people who believe the cliche that artists are irresponsible, lazy over-emotional characters. But when you look at someone who made great art, often, during their lifetime, they are actually hardworkers. It was that regular turning up at the easel, putting in the hours, making a great deal of art – and destroying much of it which they felt didn’t work out – gave them space to experiment but rigorously edit out all but the best, to keep enough successes to make a dent in Art History.