The January Challenge 2020

The January Challenge 2020, Day 6 – Open the Door

Today’s challenge is set by NJ Simmonds, author of fantasy romance trilogy ‘The Indigo Chronicles’, artist and public speaker.

Whether it’s your front door, a door in your place of work, a door in your imagination, or the door to the fridge, we want you to use that view to inspire today’s challenge!

Open a door and create something based on what you find on the other side. You can use any medium – pencil, pen, collage or even make a sculpture. You might want to sketch an entire building, or simply pick up a leaf or piece of litter. 

“We are all creative in our own special way. The best thing about art is that you can’t do it wrong, the only way to fail is to not try in the first place. I chose this challenge because we are all made up of the places we came from.” NJ Simmons

Outside Natali’s window stands a tall tree – find her sketch below, and a poem about her ‘Traffic Light Tree’ at the bottom of this page!

If you have more time …
Does your view change with the seasons or time of day? Repeat this challenge to show that change.

How does the view through this door make you feel? What does it mean to you? If you could change it, what would you change?

Share online and see what others are up to by posting on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #TheJanuaryChallenge #64MillionArtists. Share your work in a way that suits you – online, on WhatsApp, or by showing your friends, family or colleagues.

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Outside my house is a traffic light tree
She’s been there forever. She stands patiently
Every month she looks different, moving or staring
Modelling each colourful coat that she’s wearing

In the winter her branches are naked and bare
Clawing at the blank sky as if in despair
Through the bleak winds she shivers, yet still she holds true
For she knows good things are coming. Like they always do.

In the springtime her coat is made of green pointy shoots
Vibrant and shiny. From canopy to roots
The flowers below her push out their pale heads
And the sunshine beams down, warming up their new beds

In the summer her coat is so thick and so heavy
A mighty big tree. Always proud, always ready
Throwing shade over people and blocking out views
Showing off her green coat like it’s top breaking news

In the autumn – a party! From amber to red
She shakes out all her colours. She wakes up the dead
But then she remembers that darkness is near
So she throws off her trappings, embracing the fear

A flurry of coats, she does this year after year
Never complaining. Never a tear.
From shadows to colours. From red, amber, green
The traffic light tree just wants to be seen.

by Natali Simmons