I have done a similar exercise before that was about drawing another person while looking into their eyes. Yesterday I experimented a bit with abstract painting, inspired by the challenge of the 1st day, and often found that glitches added an interesting element to the works that I wouldn’t have been able to come up with consciously.
Last year I bumped into a fascinating book about Fertility Dolls. For a while, I’ve been wanting to make some but lacking materials, I dropped the idea. Later on it occurred to me that I can make them out of recycled materials but I kept postponing it. This day’s challenge finally forced me to take the first step towards this project. Although I am not completely satisfied with the product, it opened up some for some new, sci-fi, cyborg-like directions. Also, using labels like “Eterniteahouse.com”, it sets the doll into a contemporary context where celebrities and influencers represent wealth and fertility.
Day 5 - The Sensory Stroll - it was only meant to be 10 minutes.....
I was all prepared to stay in today, I was feeling lazy and usually I am a bit of a sloth. But no… I have committed to the 31 day challenge, so… I thought of a purpose…. to leave some brightly painted rocks nearby to make people smile. (I had some I prepared earlier)
I had a distance…. there and back again. It was only 10 mins afterall and even I can do 10 minutes. Got myself wrapped up warm, popped on my purple pompon hat, put a few rocks in my bag and out I went… Brrr…. It was a tad chilly. But that’s ok I had a plan!
Taking in the quietness around, not many people about at all, perhaps I live in an area where we are all sloths…. I walked but then couldn’t decide if my 10 minutes walk was meant to start from when I left home or when I reached my destination, and because I forgot to look at the time when I left, how did I know when I had done my 10 minutes so should I start my 10 minutes from then? But then hang on a minute… Was it to be a total of 10 minutes therefore 5 minutes each way – or 10 minutes there and 10 minutes back – thus making 20 minutes?
When I did get back home, after climbing the 48 stairs to reach my front door I then realised…. I still had the rocks in my handbag… Oh well… on day 5 I took my rocks out for a walk, we went there and back. Can anyone else cover 4.5miles and 9914 steps in 10 minutes? – ￼feeling satisfied. #TheJanuaryChallenge #64MillionArtists
Not up to usual energy levels – fighting a chest infection, so strolling was out, but it was wonderful to still be able to get out and make the most of our Saturday with a variety of sensory experiences 🥰
My response to the ABC challenge.
I had a blast coming up with this story, I will definitely return to this exercise in my writing practice. I didn’t have time to work more on the visual representation of it but it gave me some ideas where it could go, how it can be even more experimental.
Doing today’s challenge made me think about the ways in which we can change our outlook on the things that happen to us. Through choosing the colour yellow, I started to approach my day differently than I had done before. Suddenly I saw the positives, I saw the sunny side!
Sort of miss understood the challenge and choose more items than l should. I am going through a difficult time at the moment and wanted bright colours to represent the future but still my favorite purples that l feel support me.
Day 2 - We Are Indeed All Unique In Our Inidividual Qualities
I was very much looking forward to what Day 2 of #TheJanuarychallenge was going to involve and I loved seeing all the individual ways in which people interpreted the challenge.
Whilst these were not my actual fingerprints, they do belong to my lovely daughter who is great at making unique and creative cards for her dear old mum. The birthday card was originally a whole big bunch of brightly painted balloons and this has now been customised by me as part of this challenge. 🙂
I spent New Year climbing up a little rock in South Wales, UK with most of my children and new partner. It’s something I’ve not been able to do for a whole due to health issues. The bonding I watched happen between my partner and my children who each have their reasons for forgetting albeit briefly their shackles and allowing the fresh air and experience dissipate any worries and just be one with nature, the beautiful scenery and love.
Day 1 of The January Challenge – a word for 2019.
I’ve built “try” out of some of the Lego I fished out of my mother’s loft this Christmas, and populated it with some of my vintage minifigures and Fabuland characters.
Try to be more of an activist, try new things, don’t be afraid to fail, give stuff my best go… so many ways that Try is a useful word.
I came to art through a group run by Mind for people with mental health issues. I find the act of creating something soothes my mind and improves my quality of life. I have found a passion I didn’t know I had.
It was surprisingly easy to think of my word for 2019. I used Adobe Draw to produce the image. I used it yesterday as well to wish my friends a happy new year! It was quick and easy, and I it was fun to create!
I spent much of 2018 feeling overwhelmed by things. Work and home life were manic last year, and my instinct has been to retreat into my shell because I am feeling so drained at the end of the day. But that makes everything worse.
This year, things will be different. I want to focus my attention, and be more mindful of my time. It will require practice, which made me think of training.
I recorded this in one take, total time including practice about 8 minutes, and you can tell! The lyrics I was reading from my computer, and the chords were a guess. But it felt good to focus, even for such a short space of time.