Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daily Matters

Casita at Finca Rotilla

Olive tree

mat·ter (mtr)
a. Something that occupies space and can be perceived by one or more senses; a physical body, a physical substance, or the universe as a whole.
b. Physics Something that has mass and exists as a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma.

This is my first post in this new blog for daily or maybe not so daily sketches. But sketches about and from my life.

I've been struggling with my creativity for a while. The fear had set in and with each day picking up a brush has become harder and harder. I've been reading lately about 365 projects for gratitude and having already tried a 365 photography project that defeated me, I wasn't so sure about committing myself to something that I had to do every day. But the more I thought about it the more I thought that I spend ridiculous amounts of time in front of the television and computer that I really could use more productively. I've also been looking at Danny Gregory's Every Day Matters - thank you Danny, for the kick start! - and joined his Facebook page as another way of committing to doing something creative.

So today is the first day of am-art-matters - things that matter to me.

Immediately I thought about buying books on how to journal, pens, sketchbooks etc all which would have meant putting off the day that I would start this and that would never do. So I dug out a sketchbook that I had started last year when I was visiting my mother in Spain. The first sketch was one that really hadn't thrilled me, an interior of her house, so rather than starting a new sketch today I have tarted up that one and will post that and the sketch of the olive tree as my first post.


Robyn said...

What a treat to have you back, Anita. And what a start! The interior of your mother's house is so delicate and elegant. The olive tree spread, stupendous! Now I'm adding this to my blogroll. You've always been such an inspiration to me.

I am discovering with a daily sketch the hardest part is to start. The next is to not to be too critical or demanding of yourself. It's like working out, you feel great when you get it done. ;) I'm actually enjoying, for the first time, writing a few words on my sketches. It stops me taking myself too seriously.

Billie Crain said...

Great start on a new direction.:) I especially love the olive tree sketch. I'm seeing the old Anita again and that's exciting!

Anita said...

Thank you, Robyn - A lot of this is down to you and my seeing your lovely sketches so again, thank you!

I hope, Billie, that this might, with a little sketching practice, develop the old Anita.