Body Shadows

January 5th, 2010

Yesterday, Daniel (@Highmoon on the Twitter) posted a pic of his shadow while he rode his bike into the sunset (and he managed to do it without falling down. Bonus!) It got me thinking about using body shadows as the beginnings for a piece of art. Fun! So, I made this little video (with a cat cameo by Sadie) of my shadow tracing. I plan to paint and play with the shapes I created and I'll post those soon.

Most of my creative energy lately has been spent on a private commission, entertaining guests, and learning a new skill (vector art, fun!) And a lot of my free time has been spent adding all the fabulous new participants to the Creative Every Day Challenge list. I'm blown away by how many have joined in this year, over 600 of us so far. I have a feeling that by the end of the year, we'll be over a thousand. And I love it because I feel like the energy of us all focusing on creativity together is a beautiful thing.

I wish I could get around to see what each one of you is up to every day, but I will do my best to visit when I can and I hope you'll continue to visit and support each other. A little bit of support goes a long way for each and every one of us!

I've also got some interviews to share with you this month with some amazing creative women. Among other things, we'll be talking about the ways in which the body and creativity intertwine. So very exciting. In the meantime, happy creating everyone!

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Wow–over 600 creative souls, all linked together by Leah!
This is so great! I’m so happy to be part of this!!

Your video clip is fun–I like seeing how someone starts the creative process. Thanks!

Happy New Year!
Great to see your beautiful smile Leah!
I love your hair cut; it looks really good!
Hope to talk soon!

What a cool idea ,to draw your shadow.I can’t wait to see what becomes of your painting.I can only imagine what it would look like if all 600 Artist(Bodies)were all together in person.

Such a great idea! Can’t wait to see it when you’ve painted. You totally made me check my tweetdeck (and it wasn’t even on).

LOVE seeing and hearing you after all these years! LOVE that you are now using video! LOVE that you have over 600 folks signed up! You are AMAZING! and a total inspiration.

I did a shadow drawing and then painting of my daughter dancing on her bed (many years ago). It was fun – this made me remember it. Haven’t thought of it for a very long time.

I used to be a wilderness ranger hiking the back country of Montana all summer long. My shadow was my companion…a constantly changing and sometimes shocking dark being. I love the idea of using shadow in creativity. Thank-you!

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That looked very cool! My kids are back today, so I might get them to have a go at this tomorrow to keep them occupied ;)

That was very creative and looks like fun!

Congrats too on all the sign ups. Creative Every Day is a virtual town.

That’s a fun idea!! I might have to try that! :)

I watched your video holding my little Sadie…I loved it when your Sadie was like “Who are you talking to??”

Like the idea, and a big paper is always so much fun This is something I will try too :)

Couldn’t get to see the video clip for some reason but I have been journaling because I cannot get into the Studio for any length of time today. Did two pages and I am very pleased with both!!

This is such a great idea!

What a fun video, Leah! And your hair looks awesome!! :)

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