Sunday, January 20, 2013

Drawing Challenge - Trigger, Habit, Draw!

 I have been following Paul's "Learning to See" blog from England for awhile.  His drawings are beautiful, his discipline admirable, and exercises stimulating.  So, when he posted a 30-day challenge for the start of 2013, I joined up.  The idea is simply to establish a drawing habit by attaching the habit to a daily trigger.  Easy to choose, my trigger is pouring my morning coffee.  Every day since January 1st, I have made the time (just 10 to 20 minutes) to sit with my coffee and draw.  
  Of course, it was easy for the couple of days before we went back to school and work recommenced.  Surprisingly, it has been just as easy to draw each day since.  Each day, I begin with drawing.  Each day, I start with my brain fully engaged, energized, and ready to go.  
I have been sitting in various chairs in the house and drawing what I see on tabletops, on window ledges, mantles.  We are decorated for the holidays so the subject matter is abundant.  
Yes, one of my drawings is titled "Crazy Santas".. story for another blog post.
Suffice to say, that contour drawing, the thinking and mental mapping involved 
bring me the same juice I get in hours of painting.. so satisfying in a busy day when 10 to 20 minutes is all the spare time I have.  

Loving the challenge, enjoying the drawing.
Thanks for looking. 


  1. These are great, Jody. I may have to try that for next month.

  2. I've heard that when you do something for 21 consecutive days, it becomes something you do for the rest of your life.'s January 21st! You're hooked. Good for you!

  3. Thanks, Elaine. Sort of like mental eminent domain.

  4. these rock. Your discipline is impressive.