Saturday, January 1, 2011


I did! 365 days of unbroken line. So happy it is done. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all and many kisses.

The FIRST post
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?



ivanka k said...

Congratulations Johanna! That's a great achievement. I just hope you will still be posting your amazing artworks!

Dana Cooper said...

Congratulations Johanna, that is quite an tempt me to try it!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

IVANKA,,,thank you...the daily challenge led to almost daily posting.Phew,,,that part is done however, I will definitely be continuing this blog and keep tuned.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Dana...thank you. Do it! Quite a few other artists are now doing it after seeing this challenge which has been SO rewarding for me. I know YOU can pull it off.

Paddy said...

Congratulations and take a day off! - From someone who lived alongside this amazing achievement. I am so very proud of you.

I love you.


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The Josie Baggley Company said...

Absolutely wonderful...yep full of wonder! Well done woman you're fantastic!
Rainey J