Happy New Year!

The holidays are almost over along with all that they involve: finishing up hand-made gifts, mailing packages, baking cookies, having guests. Just two more events on my horizon and then life can get back to normal… but I hope it doesn’t.

What I hope for is more making and less settling for a promise that tomorrow I will do it. This year I will be ruthless in protecting my time for creativity. I will draw. I will write. I will be a mother bear protecting my time.

May you also stand up to people, to tasks and to those seemingly-insignificant, practically invisible time-sucking …what? what are they? If you have read Momo (Michael Ende), —and I recommend you do!— you will know that they are the men in grey, smoking their cigars and draining the fun out of everything.

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Someone had managed to avoid the men in grey. I came across this when I was walking in the woods. Let Making be a top priority in 2016!

Live Free or Die

What is that, Vermont’s motto? For some reason it came to me as I was doing my drawing. That motto is so extreme, isn’t it? And yet it came to me because I was thinking something along the lines of Make Art or Die.

Once again, I got to the point where I felt almost desperate to make something. The most common problem is that I sit down and I don’t know what to do. But come to think of it,Loose DogI did do some drawing: I did a sketch while I was at the library yesterday, I did a short drawing while I was on a break at work a couple of days ago, and I recently picked an Illustration Friday theme from the archives and made a drawing from it. But the truth is, those did not satisfy at all.

Today, on the other hand, I feel good. And this time, I just jumped in. I made a scribble. It was ugly. I made some figures from it. They were ugly. I kept going. I added color. And now, for some reason, I feel fulfilled. I feel as if I’ve done the work I needed to do.

Isn’t that strange? Not all drawing is equal. But what’s the key difference?