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Saturday, January 2, 2010

365 Days of Drawing...



January 2nd, 2010...

I got this idea following on from my previous blog entry, and the great response I got from the drawing I posted, long distance phone calls even, that I should follow through on my New Year's resolution to draw more. I say this every year.

I also just saw the wonderful movie "Julie and Julia" about a young female chef-fan of Julia Childs, Julie Powell, who, looking to spice up her fairly ho-hum life, committed to 365 days of re-creating a recipe, one each day, from Child's famous bible cookbook about The Art of French Cooking.

It got me thinking yesterday, the first day of the year when I was feeling really lazy after a late night party and the inevitable New Year 'toasting-in' champagne. I didn't draw. I broke my resolution on the very first day. I did eat cake though.

What would happen I pondered in severe couch potato mode, what would I learn if I committed to a year of drawing EACH day, using the same medium, no matter what just like the girl in the movie did with her cooking? She cooked after a long day at work come hell or high boiling point water.

So I have decided to set myself a challenge. I will draw, no matter what. Even if I have to get up with the birds. And post it each day. The good, the bad and the ugly. And there will be ugly, especially if I try birds! For 365 days starting today. Even if I have painted all day (drawing and painting are separate disciplines to my mind that hugely compliment each other), even if I have taught a long class, even if I have...

I don't think it is going to be easy.

Here is my first drawing done this afternoon of a favorite model of mine, Holly Rose. I have set my self no rules apart from it has to be at least 30 minutes a day, no less, whether it be an apple or airport sketch. It can be a copy of a Master, it can be from life or it can be from a photo. So long as I draw. If I get serious flu, I will just sketch the Kleenex.

Want to do it with me?

7 comments:

Laurghita said...

I am in, and there are more of us who try to make this a 2010 year resolution, look here:

http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/thread/267281.aspx

Marian Fortunati said...

Love this one, too!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Laurghita...thanks for the link. I went to it. Is it for digital art? I am a little confused.

Laurghita said...

Its for all kind of medium, I will put there mostly pencil drawing.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Note....January 1st 2011...I did it! I drew every single day no matter what.

Laurghita said...

I can't found on me the same commitment, maybe because I am not surrounded by art, I have a technical full job, and without human interaction there is no motivation to continue.
Anyway watching your journey I am puzzled by one fact: how you always depict just the beautiful part of what is in front of you... there is no ugliness or aging in all your art even if still that exist in reality on the model.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Hi Laurghita: maybe you missed some of the drawings? There was plenty of "character/aging" faces drawn during the 2011 challenge. I do like beauty tho' that is for sure! Thanks for posting.