Monday, 1 September 2014

Feeling Brighter!

Thank you once again for all the kind comments... and as you can see, all it took was a couple of nice days out at the weekend and I'm starting to feel a bit more like my old self... and here I am blogging again. I can't stay away!
 
 
Yesterday Laura Kemshall wrote about how she seems to collect empty sketchbooks and she challenged herself to make a drawing a day, starting today on 1st September. She also asked if anyone would like to join in. Well, I have a ridiculous amount of empty sketchbooks... these are a mere fraction. I cannot resist those lovely empty pages and I'm constantly buying new ones, convincing myself this will be the one to make me draw every day. And I'm not even going to tell you how many there are with just one or two pages filled. It's a disgrace!

 
So I've decided to join in... just a quick 10 - 15 minute sketch each day. And then maybe by the end of the month drawing every day will be such a regular habit, I won't be able to stop

 
Today I drew my lunch (well - part of my lunch). Nothing wonderful, especially when you see Laura's fabulous drawing today,  but I've done it.... and I'll keep you updated with my progress. If I'm sharing on here I might actually do it!

 
I've also done a little more painting in my Frida Sketchbook

 
They are meant to be drawings of Mexican tin art, but I'm beginning to think I could have a new career as a tattoo artist!

 
I've also remembered that over two weeks ago I said I had some buttons to give away. With so much going on at home I had totally forgotten, so today I picked out a name and the buttons will soon be on their way to Marian.

 


23 comments:

  1. Dear Gina,

    Please know that I ALWAYS find your blog compelling. Each of your posts holds interest for me. I do completely understand about your temporary lack of motivation. I sometimes ask myself whether there is any point in continuing to write my blog...and then laugh at myself for being so dramatic.

    I wish I could draw! A sketch a day sounds like a marvellous idea.

    Stephanie

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  2. What is it about sketchbooks? I am just the same and gave several to my daughter as I still have plenty with only a few pages used.

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  3. Glad you're feeling brighter and well done for giving your sketchbooks something to do!

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  4. I'm the same with the sketchbooks and I would have loved to join in Laura's challenge. I am so stacked out through September I'm going to be lucky to see what I'm doing anyway! I hope you have a blast and I will be trying in the background.

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  5. I suspect there are quite a few of us Sketchbook hoarders out there - maybe we should form a self help group?! A sketch a day is such a good idea and you've made a cracking start.

    I'm loving your Frida-esque designs :)

    xx

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  6. I couldn't draw if my life depended on it! I love stationary, in particular pencils and pens and stuff like that. I am particularly drawn to Caran d'Ache water colour pencils... maybe these would be good for drawing? They are amazing. I am glad you are feeling more settled. Cx

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  7. That sounds like a good idea!
    I often wonder about my blogging..But good to see you at it:)
    I have said to myself countless times, that I ought to draw every day, but I have settled for just once in a while.
    Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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  8. Sorry to hear that you've been unwell, but glad to see that someone has more empty sketch books than me. Hopefully now that you are feeling better, you will fill at least one up.

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  9. Glad you're feeling better Gina!
    I wish I could draw, a sketch a day sounds like a good idea. By the way I had a pear at lunchtime too! ;)
    Love the Mexican art!
    V x

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  10. I too am guilty of sketchbook hoarding (and I have somehting else coming in the post for an evening class course this year) and should like ti join in but I feel that drawing will be done but for lesson planning for the new school year. I have actually done a painting, perhaps i should blog about that. I could shrink it on the colour copier and put that in for day one or would that be cheating? Doing some Mark Rothko lesson tasks tomorrow.........I think I have talked myself into it haven't I? I really like the drawing you have done as well, yep, off to get one of those books down off the shelf.
    x

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  11. As soon as I saw the hearts I thought Tattoos! And much better designs than a lot of ink you see on arms and legs these days :-))))
    I thought I had empty sketchbooks but it's a fraction of your hoard. I took part in the #DrawingAugust on Twitter last year and really enjoyed the challenge, most contributors carried on with a different theme every month and are now onto #PaintSeptember. I lapse, but hope my new watercolours will inspire me to get a sketchbook active again as soon as I get my exhibition work delivered to the gallery for Sunday's opening Eeeeeeek!
    C x

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  12. So glad you're feeling brighter--and such a wonderful drawing too! Tattooing sounds a bit scary though...! xx

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  13. From a fellow sketchbook fetishist - we'd need to do a drawing a day for the rest of our lives - and lives to 150 - to use them up.
    Love the tatts xx

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  14. Definitely a new career as a tattoo artist!

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  15. I love new sketchbooks and this picture makes me want to open them up and paint! Good luck on your daily challenge, I've done this in the past and it's great to get you in the habit again.
    Lovely buttons by the way! :)
    Jess x

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  16. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling more bloggy again. It goes like that sometimes I think. I'm not sure if you want to really be a tattooist, but I can certainly see that your designs would great for any tattooist to use or be inspired by!! Good luck with the drawing, I look forward to seeing what you come up with if you decide to share any more. xx

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  17. Not only sketch books - notebooks too! And pens and ink. It is an addiction.

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling brighter.

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  18. Thank you for sharing your sketchbook, I love seeing artists sketchbooks, so inspirational. I know where to come for a tattoo design x

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  19. You could definitely be a tattoo artist Gina -- your drawing is amazing!!!

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  20. aaah, do a sketch a day ....... I really must do that ........ when I've more time
    Really look forward to seeing your's, it sounds like fun, from one sketchbook junkie to another :-)

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  21. Hi Gina - yes I have a draw full - I'm a pink pig fan. I envy your drawing skills . I know it's practice but I'm never motivated enough to find the time lol - there are too many other things that grab me on the way. glad you're getting back in the groove x

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  22. Oh Gina, lovely to read your positive side here rather than the sadder one of the last post. Laura's mined a rich seam here. I have my own stack of sketchbooks so might join in with the drawing thing. Your painted images are sublime. Better than any tattoos I've ever seen!

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  23. Ooh, I missed this! Empty sketchbooks? Tick. Buttons? Just as well they've gone already :)

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