#1 Drawing One Hour

For a long time I have had an urge to draw again. It has been quite a while since I have done any dedicated practice in this art, which feels weird, since drawing was my intoduction to a love of art.

So finally I am trying. I am making no promises, but working on doing something about the itch.

Here is my first recent draw session as the work changed over the minutes. Abstract/ Realism6BCFAFA6-0400-4E56-9431-47FFB5A7D623680E243E-D2C9-4019-B1AB-78DC88522FA87447D63B-6630-46FA-9D81-E9E024EE23A8

Draw One Hour

I am going to try to do an hour of drawing a day as often as I can. I’ve done two sessions. The first one was shorter than an hour, and I will post that one soon. This is the  second time, and I did about 1.5 hrs, but I’m not working on this one beyond tonight since the face is too long and I can’t fix that easily, so onto the next try.5CA87461-F95E-4C26-9D91-95AC61EB86AECB64E416-4662-48E7-83D5-3F4C2BA8CBE8


it is the number one thing I feel writing this, after being so absent for months. I would hope I was digesting, adjusting.  perhaps that is true.  I would like to see it so.

in truth, i hesitated even finding the words, as my mind searched to remember this place.  only to find that the key was already unlocked. it has just sat here, waiting for me.  patiently, as good things seem often to do.

but right under that feeling and maybe even pushing up from under, like a child using his arms to hold up the top of the fort, I feel joy.  Joy that I remember the feeling of contributing, that I can get better at it.  That love is worth sharing. That telling stories is part of who we are as people. That art affects.

Realizing this, I will try to begin, bare chested. Forgetting heaviness, letting go, filling up light airy lungs with good, with truth.






170207 Copy an Artist Exercise

After doing this exercise I definitely get it more. So don’t listen to me, just try it. Whether it’s dance, or draw or rap or whatever.

ok, to be honest, I was So not looking forward to this that I pushed it back a day.  I didn’t have any idea who I wanted to pull from.  But, this is one of Twyla’s exercise ideas from her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life.  She explains that to be great sometimes we don’t know where to start, so we should follow the example of work we appreciate.  If even a bit of their creative spark can rub off on you, there’s no shame in admitting that they inspired you.  After doing this exercise I definitely get it more.  So don’t listen to me, just try it.  Whether it’s dance, or draw or rap or whatever.  As they say, fake it til ya make it ;).

I had been avoiding visual art for this study because my paints aren’t with me currently, so I felt like I couldn’t really do visual work.  I haven’t drawn seriously in a very long time.  So this exercise was great for me to see that I still have some technique bouncing around inside me, even if it never feels like that lately.  Usually when I draw I hit a point where I like it and I don’t want to wreck it.  That happened with this piece too, but my boyfriend said, “You always tell me I have to work through that point.”  So I took my own advice.  I also think as I get older I’m loosening up a little.  It’s ok if it doesn’t turn out perfect, there are bound to be some portions where I feel like something is working or improving and that’s enough.

So without further ado, here is the drawing I did last night and one in process.  Along with the source image from the Medicine Cards book, illustrations by Angela Werneke.  It took 1-2 hrs.

I didn’t do it quite like her, in pointillism style, I guess it was the feel of the animals that I appreciate most in her portrayal.

170203 fridge poetry

create anything. art is in the image of everything.


create anything. art is in the image of everything.

img_6504life inserted choices around her.





always let the stemware go missing.

always may the kids run free.

come, as wine, with me.


not by the letter,


better. 😉

170130 Arranging Objects exercise

“…one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.”

In Tharp’s book she says one way she uses to see things anew is by throwing coins onto a surface and manipulate them into different arrangements.

.  As a choreographer the arrangements could be translated into formations of dancers or movements or many things, it’s just a free form activity that helps the mind shift modes.  I tried the activity on Monday and used some random chunky beads from my jewelry making supplies.

This may also be a good activity to help kids categorize objects.  They could pick a qualifier and sort and arrange according to that.  One of my arrangements used only the natural wood feeling beads.  To do two outer circle layers I told myself I would not use two of the same type of bead, so they would all look different. In one sort I used only dull/ muted colors Etc.

6 Wk. Developing Creatively Outline

Record moments of personal creativity. Adjust personal triggers…dependent on mood.

Developing Creatively: Focus on Personal Practice

Capstone Schedule Outline


One five-day duration exercise by Tharp per week

Two Exercises per week from Tharp

Three Days per week w/ personal trigger trials.

May adjust personal triggers on day of, dependent on mood


Active 5 consecutive days per week for six weeks

Starting Week of Jan. 15th

Ending Week of Feb. 19th



Daily: Time Start/End Creative Session

Daily: Blog Reaction Notes

Notebook: Anytime- Record moments of personal creativity

Digital Evidence of Creation: You Tube or Vimeo, Instagram or other photo site link back to blog

Week One: Jan. 15th                                                      


p. 30 Mind Wander (1 min.)

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 45 Creative Autobiography (Done) (170117)

2. p. 178 Circles to Accomplish (Done) (170118)

3. 10 min. indoor exercise (Fail) none (170119) Woodburning Game Tiles

4. 10 min. nap (Done) (170120)

5. 10 min. eat/make food (Done) (170121) Creative writing about dry cabin and reducing kitchenware

Week Two: Jan. 22nd                                                                   


p. 30 Mind Wander (3min)

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 51 Pick a Name (Done) creative exercise, spontaneous cooking (170122)

2. p. 31 Five Biggest Fears (Done) (170123)

3. prep space (Done) dance, edit (170124)

4. 10 min. drink tea  (Done) yoga, photography, creative problem solving (ski skirt, and slick stairs)  (still need to post these) (170125)

5. 10 min. clean (Done) jewelry-making

Then 2 days off: Friday and Saturday

Week Three: Jan. 29th                                                                  


p. 30 Mind Wander (5min)

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 191 Sixty Uses (Done) (170129)

2. p. 109 Arrange Coins (Done) (170130)

3. 10 min. computer (Done) spontaneous cooking (homemade pizza) and 1st blog post of magnetic poetry I’ve made. (170131)

4. 10 min. read (Done) -did mind wander but no more (170201)

5. 10 min. decide spontaneously (chose to prepare space: put up and cut more magnets) make more magnetic poetry (170202)

BONUS day: Not required by program, but felt like it.  (170203)

prompt: put up rest of mag. poetry and made more poems also finished second earring design and came up with some other good ideas. See Notes

Week Four: Feb. 5th                                                                      


p. 30 Mind Wander Mind Wander (7min)

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 66 Copy an Artist

2. p. 112 Egg (undone) Writing cc ski blogpost

3. p. 203 Do a Verb (undone): Yoga and Dancing

4. 10 min. meditate (undone) : Eggplant Motz Pesto Foldovers

5. 10 min. ph. Call (undone) : Chocolate Chip Cherry Cupcakes

Week Five: Feb. 12th                                                                      


p. 30 Mind Wander (9min)

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 176 Twenty Questions

2. 10 min. play with materials -sick, fail

3. 10 min. watch video –Yoga, Dance

4. 10 min. journal- Magnetic Poetry

5. p. 114 Field Trip with Purpose- See Hobo Jim (the Alaskan Balladeer) perform

Week Six: Feb. 19th                                                       


p. 32 Go Without

Individual Day Trigger Trials

1. p. 174, 179 Skill Inventory, -1 Tool 170220

2. p. 50 Observe Twenty Interactions

3. 10 min. look at art-170222 Creative Writing: Alaska Living

4. 10 min. look at memories-170223  Display Art

5. 10 min. play music- 170224 More Display Art

End Formal Trial

Week Seven