Daily drawing practice

A long time ago, I read that the daily practice of painting or drawing was a great way to improve creativity, imagination and production.  I even ordered a book about it a couple years ago with the intention of starting a daily painting practice and stick to it.

 

Alas, this did not happen and just as writing every day improves your writing tremendously, painting every day defines your style after a while and something interesting emerges.

 

I finally took the plunge with drawing last week and am hoping to continue the practice for one year.

 

The year 2019 was busy and crazy and there came a point when I had to empty my studio and put my art on hold. This practice will get me back into it. I have been posting these explorations every day on my Instagram account.

 

The first series of drawings is all about food. I approach this as play time for myself and no pressure, setting the timer for 30 minutes maximum and whatever comes out is what it is.

 

For this first month,  I am using colour pencils and black ink. Colour pencils are a medium I have not used since I was a child and the paper of the book I am working with does not seem to absorb the pigment very well. I am working in a book to keep everything together and I am looking forward to looking at a full year in 2021!

 

The key to enjoyment for me is to let go of perfectionism. When I thought of doing one painting a day, I felt it would take too much time to set up, get my paints out and clean afterwards, especially if I am using oils, my medium of choice. But with daily drawing, I don’t feel the same pressure. It is easy to carry everywhere, on vacation or to the country house and there is no mess to clean up afterwards.

 

Not knowing if I would keep on using colour pencils, I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and bought a set of Staedler pencils, thinking they were a good compromise. Unfortunately, I am not that happy with them and will be getting a better quality set before the end of the month for sure.

 

I just discovered today I had a small set of Faber-Castell that I highly recommend and will start using these from now on but I still need a larger set.

 

Here are the drawings of the first week:

Citrus wedges
Daily drawing 17 Janv 2020
Watermelon slice
Daily drawing 18 janv 2020
Sushi for Nathalie
Daily drawing 19 janv 2020
Salad ingredients
Daily drawing 20 janv 2020
Soup and sandwich anyone?
Daily drawing 21 janv 2020
Herbs
Daily drawing 22 janv 2020
Jars of condiments
Daily drawing 23 janv 2020

Maybe some of these will end up as paintings one day. In the meantime, I am having fun.

 

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19 Comments

  1. I love your writing & drawing & painting Suzanne! 😙
    Your ability to enable visualization & inspire through so many mediums is a true gift. Congratulations on sharing feircely & perhaps fearlessly?
    I hope to accept a challenge like this one day too🙄

  2. I agree that painting/ drawing something every day is a great thing to do, I wish I had begun doing it years ago. Has a child I was constantly drawing. I’ve just look at your instagram page and you have such a beautiful collection. 😊

      1. That’s true, I definitely paint my emotions! My daughter said to me “why don’t you paint on canvas again?” But it’s a matter of not having the space for me. She finds digital painting a bit cartoonish! It’s my goal to make digital look traditional. It’s all a learning curve for me. 💜

    1. Thank you so much Elaine! I have been away from painting and plan to at least post all the paintings that are still not posted eventually 🙂 You are getting quite a collection yourslef with your digital painting 🙂

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