G’s Year of Creativity
December 28th, 2008
A couple weeks ago, I got a wonderful email from someone I'll call "G." I asked her if I could share her email here because I think it exemplifies what the Creative Every Day Challenge is all about. I hope it will inspire you to know that you too are an artist and that you can take the leap to be creative every day in whatever way works for you.
I wanted to drop you an email ~ to thank you for putting this wonderful idea out there to be Creative Everyday. Looking back, I have no idea how I found your website at the first of this year. But? I did! I read what you wrote, inviting everyone and anyone to challenge themselves to be creative everyday. I took it. I didn't sign up to be part of the group ~ too shy I think. I have sketched, drawn all my life ~ but kept my sketchpads in the closet. Every now and then, I would take something I had drawn and make it "public". But, that was a very rare occurrence. Never having any art education or instruction, I fell into that terrible crack called: Oh, no... I am not an artist. So very sad....
However, all that has changed through the course of this year. I did take you literally and I did draw something every single day. I also posted my drawings at the end of each week for almost 6 months. Over the summer months and into the fall, life was what life can be sometimes ~ and I didn't post any drawings. I did, however, continue to draw. October, I sat down with my scanner, scanning in all the drawings up to that point, and posted them!
I continued from that point on ~ posting at the end of each week. I sat here today, while the snow fell here in Portland, Oregon ~ posting yet another week's drawings. Looking at the calendar, I realized, with the three weeks remaining in this year ~ I DID IT! I made a commitment to draw every day. I did it! I have four small sketchpads FILLED with drawings ~ some doodles, some renditions of others' work I loved, some "pictoral journal entries and some preliminary drawings for greeting cards sent! (Yes, I said sent ~ I actually put some what I drew OUT into the world.)
My blog has been invitation only ~ and have friends tell me as the months passed, how much they looked forward to that email from me stating in the subject line: Drawings Posted. And, after a year of keeping to the pen, I have discovered alot about myself ~ and there has been this self confidence I have not known ever before ~ simply in life. A friend of mine once told me: Just draw a line on a page. Make yourself do it! And, it will change your life." With his words and your challenge, I made the commitment in January of this year to give this a try.
Thank you! Thank you for taking your idea to this forum. Thank you for setting a bar not too high, but one that we could raise or lower as we chose to do. This has been the most amazing year....
Thank you again, G, for sharing your story with me and for allowing me to share it with others. Happy creating, everyone!
p.s. You can find out more about CED and how to participate here. For 2008 participants, I will not be posting a link widget for the last Monday of December. You can post anything you have to share at the post from last Monday.