Creative Every Day Theme for February: Night

January 26th, 2012

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of February 2012, the theme will be Night. Thank you to Cat of for the theme idea!

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 2012 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:

  • *Reflect in writing about the darkness of this time of year.
  • *Make a garland of planets and stars.
  • *Research a constellation and make a creation based on the story around it.
  • *Make art by candlelight.
  • *Make a creation based on the dreams you dream at night.
  • *Create vision boards to honor the new and full moons.
  • *Take a walk in the evening and gather inspiration in the quiet.
  • *Do some creating in the wee hours. How is it different from daytime creating?

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!

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

p.s. The art above is adapted from my piece, Fishing for the Moon, available here.

23 Responses

Ooh, I’m so excited about Night. I’ve already started a painting that will be perfect!

oops, forgot to add how much I love YOUR night painting! It’s wonderful Leah! xx

I am very inspired by your painting. Excited about February’s theme!

I just signed up and am so excited!

Oh, wow. I feel honored! And challenged :)

Your “Fishing for the Moon” piece is so beautiful. Thanks again for hosting CED and AEDM…they have been nothing short of life-changing for me.

What a wonderful mood the illustration has! Truly a nice job.


Love your night painting, esp. the moon bobbing in the sea. I also really love you lantern painting – it’s one of my favourites. I had my second ever painting class today and hope to paint a night scene after I’ve completed my current project.

I am looking forward to studying your blog and participating in your “2012 Creative Everyday Challenge.” I love the creative/inspirational mood of your blog. The painting “Fishing for the Moon” is real nice.

I LOVE your painting and this theme! I actually did a night photo earlier this week and am now inspired to try and do more!!

I joined and will try to create something every day.
Finishing January challenge with a crocheted square for charity.

I just stumbled upon this page and dong the challenge. I don’t about joining? or how? but love this idea! Thanks for posting it!!!

I love painting night scenes! Love the moon as an icon in my work ♥

Being a night owl I’m quite excited about how to interpret this challenge. I’ve decided to create a sketch/painting on the stimulus and will probably get stuck into it in the small hours of the morning :)
I’ll document the progress on my blog:

LJ x

I am so excited about this month’s theme! :) I can’t wait to see what I come up with. I bet the moon will be a theme, I love the moon!

I’m intrigued by your painting and will muse over a possible theme painting I can try.

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I am excited to get to work and creating using the theme of the month. I am a stay at home with 3 busy boys and I am just getting back into painting/creating. It is baby steps for me!

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Reminds me of our legends in New Zealand where Maui fished up New Zealand out of the ocean.
Also of a dream I once had of myself catching a huge striped cat on a fishingline.I hauled him into the boat and he was unharmed. The next day I saw the actual huge cat (from my dream) down by the ocean and his owners told me he actually swims in the sea.

I also love the nighttime…it is when I am most creative…I love painting pictures that take place at night…with the moon and stars…very cool :)

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