Creative Every Day Theme for May: Big

April 26th, 2011

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of May 2011, the theme will be Big.

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2011 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

I'll be posting about the theme throughout the month on the blog to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *Paint big! Tack sheets of paper to the wall and get painting. Add more sheets as needed.
  • *Dream big! Write down your 5 *big* dreams. Take one small step towards one of them.
  • *Get out in nature where you can feel small in a big world.
  • *Take photographs, looking up at large things. Or make small things look big with the angle of your shot.
  • *Take big risks with your work.
  • *Free associate in writing about what the word "big" means to you.
  • *Take up space with your body, your attitude, your work. Act big instead of small.
  • *Create a mural or draw an extra large chalk drawing (get help from friends or children!)
  • *Write large and loud.
  • *Draw with large, sweeping strokes. Get your whole body into the action of it.

How to use the CED themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

And have fun with it!


*The art above is adapted from my piece, Lollipop Trees, which is available as a print here.

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it. ~Danny Kaye

12 Responses

Am so excited to be a part of this. BIG sounds like a wonderful and inspiring theme for this next month! Looking forward…

oooh, now THERE’S a theme I can get on with! :) x

Of course – BIG is a perfect follow up to small. Love it!
Kat :-)

finally got round to signing up – im really excited about starting with big!

I love your theme and suggestions for this month…

I love your artwork – fun and uplifting.

Surprise surprise, I’ve already managed a painting on this month’s theme! It’s a big one. Having an icky day so lots of layers and energy went into it, plus a little note to self, ahem.

This theme is so absolutely perfect!! I’ve just begun to go large, to open wide, to use my arm up to my shoulder and not just up to my elbow in my art. In fact yesterday I created my first large (18×24) face sketch – now on to painting one.

This is perfect! I already had plans to start on some much larger paintings than I am used to! I am trying to push out of my comfort zone and take my work larger. I’ve been advised to go big for long enough, so now I just need to do it!

Hola….soy Barbara c. de argentina nueva en esto del blog…voy a poner todo mi esfuerso en participa creativamente..Saludos desde argentina!!!!!!!!!!

Big is summer! this summer our baby of four is graduating from high school and our 3rd child, a daughter, is getting married!! Empty nest…a big empty 5 bedroom nest…

Hallo, just finished signing up for challenges and must say, what a perfect theme for this month. Love your work, especially colours! My ‘Big’ challenge this month is reducing the size of ’storage’ mostly art related, in my parking garage. So once I’ve done that I have access to my easels and paint. I’m looking forward to being creative everyday…cheers~Bairbre Aine

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