Art Every Day Month 2018 Sign Up

October 5th, 2018, 23 Comments

Art Every Day Month is once again right around the corner! This will be the 17th year I have been creating daily for the month of November and inviting others to join in. Art Every Day Month (AEDM) is a low pressure challenge for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to create daily for a month. Low pressure means if you miss a day, brush yourself off, and get back to it. No worries. By art, I'm talking a broad view. You could be cooking, taking pictures, dancing, writing music, crafting for the holidays, painting, sculpting, writing poetry, making jewelry, sewing, knitting, art journaling, you name it. You could decide to do a small 2"x2" drawing each day or you could do something different every day. Up to you! I tend to do more drawing and painting because that's what I like, but you can follow your heart. This year, I think I'll mix painting in with children's book illustration. Take some time this month to think about what you might like to work on or just show up and create!

If you're on Facebook, join the Facebook group where you can share your creations as well. If you're on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you can use the hashtag #arteverydaymonth2018. I'll also have a daily post here starting November 1st, where you can share links to creations you've made. 

Read more about the challenge here and then sign up below by leaving a comment. If you have a blog, website, flickr page, or instagram handle where you'll be sharing, share that below in the Mr. Linky form. If you aren't sharing your work online, then just leave a comment on this blog post saying that you're participating. 

The challenge begins November 1st! 

Creative Every Day Check in for October 2018

October 1st, 2018, No Comments

Happy October, everyone! Bring on the bats and fall booties and creativity of the season. This month's totally optional theme is HISTORY. Happy creating! 


Reminder! Art Every Day Month starts in one month! I'll be posting the sign up for this year's AEDM challenge shortly, so stay tuned. 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your October creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

p.s. Ophelia, is now available in my online shop. 

 

Creative Every Day Check-In: Beginnings

September 3rd, 2018, One Comment

September has arrived! Both my children have their first day of school tomorrow. My youngest has his very first day of preschool. I'm going to try not to cry, but...ok, who am I kidding, I'm totally going to cry. With the start of school in mind, this month's totally optional theme is Beginnings. Happy creating! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your August creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

 

Creative Every Day Check-In: August 2018

August 1st, 2018, One Comment

Happy August! Summer is flying by. I hope it's been a beauty-filled one for you. August's totally optional theme is Green. Enjoy! 

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your August creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

Breaking Up with Busy

July 2nd, 2018, No Comments

I recently finished reading a review copy of Breaking Up with Busy: Real Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women by Yvonne Tally. 

While I do tend toward feeling so busy, the parts of the book discussing how to move away from busied behavior was less helpful for me than all the tips on goal setting and self-care. 

Yvonne Tally says a panic attack, brought on by stress, led her to reassess her life and take a more mindful approach to her life. This is so common and relatable! Recently in an interview with Jonathan Fields on the Tilt Parenting podcast, Fields noted that you don't take time for yourself, the body will force you to take that time. And when that happens, it will take more time to recover than if you had made your self-care a priority earlier.

What I especially liked in the book was the coaching style questions that got me thinking about my goals, what I'm getting out of not reaching those goals, what I will get out of making changes, taking doable actions, and imagining the results. Tally also has a great breakdown of the want/need connection. Dissecting what you need to get what you want and then looking at why you want that now is powerful.

I've been so into combining visualization with meditation lately, so her suggestions on that front were great timing. Creativity and a big imagination has good sides and bad sides. I think creative people are often quite good at imagining worst case scenarios in vivid detail. I like how Tally suggests combining meditation with storytelling and imagination in a positive way. Whether you believe in the power of attraction or not, I find the practice to be relaxing and empowering. And certainly a better than letting my imagination wander into worry! 

There are loads of great ideas in this book. It's worth checking out!

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Creative Every Day Check-In for July

July 1st, 2018, No Comments

Happy Summer! Here's your July 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is Water. I wish you a beautiful month of creating!

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your July creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 


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Proud Mama

June 29th, 2018, 2 Comments

 

 

How fitting that my daughter won this award on her last day of school. It is perfect for her. I'm a proud Mama! 

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Children’s Stories

June 27th, 2018, One Comment

I've been working away at my children's story ideas. One of them involves, Tangle Fairies, troublesome sprites that snarl up your hair at night. I've been so focused on the writing and revising, but it felt like time to do some drawing and figure out what my characters look like! 

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Creative Every Day Check-In June 2018

June 2nd, 2018, No Comments

Hooray for June! Here's your June 2018 check-in post. The (totally optional) theme of the month is The Stars. I wish you a beautiful month of creating!

Sign up for the 2018 Creative Every Day Challenge is here. You can sign up anytime during the year.

Leave a link to your June creativity below and/or leave a comment about what you're up to! 

Children’s Stories

May 17th, 2018, No Comments

As I work on my own picture book manuscripts, I've been paying a lot closer attention to all the books I read to my children. I mean, we read so many, but how often do you analyze how a children's book is put together, how the author gets you to want to turn the page, or how the illustrator gets you to feel emotion? It's masterful!

I thought it would be fun to share some of our latest favorites. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen is my daughter's current favorite. She brought it home from school after her librarian read it. She was drawn to it because the main character shares her first name, but she also loved the story and images. We were already a big fan of Klassen's I Want my Hat Back, but I love this one so much more. 

My 3 year old son loved Rex Wrecks It because he could relate to the desire to DESTROY ALL THE THINGS, but we all liked the humor and how they resolved their problems in the end. 

You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim is quiet and lovely. My daughter, husband and I loved the message and I found the images to be fascinating. 

Any current favorites in your household?

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