Why I'm spending the next 30 days painting and drawing....

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd update you all on what's happening over here over the next thirty days. You might have caught me live on my facebook page yesterday. If you haven't, here's what's going to happen.

(or feel free to watch the video below)

I'll do more of these live videos over the next 30 days so no worries if you missed this one. 

Why I started painting

I've been pretty burned out behind the scenes, is that weird to say when you're ill? Hmm, I don't know... I guess you do need something to keep yourself occupied, so.... 

I had to change something and do something again that I enjoyed doing. I trained as a pastry chef before I became ill so I always had something creative to do.

Now, not so much. I didn't do anything creative the first 5-6 years after becoming ill. Now in year 7 (I think), I had to get started with something.

I have friends who crochet and knit, that didn't appeal that much. Maybe because I've been knitting the same scarf for 8 years? (so technically I did do something creative, oh, well). I tried to pick it up again but my wrists and sternum didn't agree with me :/ .

So I needed something that would keep my mind engaged, was creative and wouldn't inflame any joints. (and help me stay sane, hello!)

Abstract paint course

I got this online abstract acrylic painting course last fall but didn't do anything with it. Seemed like a perfect moment to pick that up. I got some supplies and got started. I did a hand lettering and drawing course around that time too. So I've been painting since last April/May. 

I love it! It's creative but not too intense. That's what I want to share with you the next thirty days. What I'm learning, the products I'm using, books I'm finding helpful. I only just started with watercolors too so I'll share a bit about that too. 

Two books I'm using the next 30 days are Creative Lettering and Beyond (get it on amazon here) and Flow Magazine's Big Book of Drawing (https://www.flowmagazine.com/product/big-book-drawing). More on these books (and a peek inside) in the video.

I hope you're along for the road and maybe you'll pick up a new hobby too :) .



Catch up on the other posts in this series...