Monday, 1 February 2016

My not a New Year's Resolution: Daily drawing

25 January

23 January
I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions – they tend to get broken and then I get down at my inability to be superwoman or even normal woman and just keep my resolutions.  So much as I would like to get fitter, lose weight and be a better person, i don’t make resolutions.  
This year, though I want to try and make a daily drawing.  It’s not a resolution, but something I would like to do and this gives me ‘permission’ to myself to make space to do it, something I enjoy.
So I started, a bit rockily on 1 January – perhaps a busy day with a mild hangover was not the best time to start and failed to do any on 4&5 January as we were away.  Just as well I didn’t make this a resolution, failed after 4 days!  
However, I decided this was okay as long as I made up the drawings.  So I have over 31 drawings from January and am really enjoying developing my sketches and trying out different media.  The hardest thing is knowing when to stop!

So these are some of the 31 drawings.  I thought 31 was too many to share, but you can see the quality of the drawings is variable ( I didn't just choose my favourites).  Obviously, I’m more pleased with some than others.  I had had the idea of the circle drawings floating around my head for ages before the 1st January, but when I started, they didn’t turn out anything like I was hoping for.  
11 January
I was relieved when the stand stones starting developing better!  
12 January
Some of the photos aren’t great as I have been drawing first thing, generally before the sun is up and so my shadow is in some of them. 
28 January
 And I’m pleased that I’ve already made my drawing for today, 1 February!
29 January

19 & 20 January

31 January

30 January

26 January

24 January

17 January

13 January

14 January


Sandy said...

These look like a good thing! I am sure that with the enjoyment, you will begin to really miss it if you can't do it that day. But giving permission to do more ahead, or to catch up is a great help.
I know what you mean about not wanting to stop sometimes!
As for posting (it does help with accountability) you could choose to post them once a week or every 10 days or something.

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Sandy. Good idea about posting weekly. I'm already posting daily on Instagram as @gilliantextiles, but maybe I should put them on the blog too.

Margaret Cooter said...

Interesting to see different approaches to the same subject. By the time you have dozens of these drawings, you'll surely notice some trends - and favourites - and an ever-richer source of further ideas!
Carrying a little sketchbook around, and pulling it out at odd moments, is another (fairly painless!) way to get some daily drawing done.
Looking forward to seeing where this takes you!

Gillian Cooper said...

Good advice, Margaret - thank you. I find I end up carrying two sketch pads with me. One for me and the other for the kids as they keep pinching mine! It's also great to keep them entertained, even if it is used for playing noughts and crosses.

Maggi said...

A great idea and as as you are giving yourself permission to do something it's unlikely to to fail. More like you will be holding back the ideas. an

Gillian Cooper said...

Thanks Maggi. You're right my biggest problem is stopping rather than not doing the drawings and I'm pleased to have filled one book already. Not sure where they will lead but just enjoying making them.

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