Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Creative Everyday Challenge 2009

My friend Mim had a wonderful post last week about a blog that I found very inspiring. It is called Creative Everday and it is a place to appreciate your creativity.

I love that it is for everyone. Some people are creative in their cooking, parenting, cleaning, writing, blogging, painting, drawing or gardening. Whatever it is that makes you feel good, this is a place to appreciate that thing and to take the opportunity to look at it in a different way. To truly appreciate it and share it with the world if you would like to.
Leah Piken Kolidas created the Creative Everday Challenge in 2008 to help infuse her life and the lives of others with daily creativity. Here is the story of how it began.
I have joined the challenge and felt inspired to create some quick pug drawings with my new inktense pencils for fun.
The first group were done as fast sketches with my eyes open and then I colored them in.


The second group were blind drawings and then I colored them in with my eyes open. :)
The blind drawings are so fun because you have no idea where your hand is in space. You just close your eyes and draw without lifting up your pencil. I am always amazed how puggy my blind drawings are even when I have no idea what will appear. They are truly freeing and fun.

If you have time, please visit Mim and Leah and check out their blogs. They both inspire me to look at my world in a different way which is always fun.
Please let me know if you sign up to take the challenge. It is not something formal you have to do everyday. It is fun and can be just for you even when you are driving home from work and you appreciate something from your day. A note to self to make you smile. :)

17 comments:

Laura said...

You draw better with your eyes closed than I do with mine open! How adorable - are you sure you didn't peek? I think you definitely have the creative gene!

Manon Doyle said...

Looks like fun! I'll check out Mim and Leah's blog later today!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Melissa, thanks for sharing, I will definitely check this out. I like your blind drawings, on my last journal we studied the powerful healing effects of blind skulpting and painting. your blog is always such a joyful journey.
hugs....

marianne said...

Wonderful drawings with your pencils!
What a fun experiment! Must try that one time!
The ones with your eyes closed look like cartoon figures!
Mims blog is fun and thanks for introducing me to a new one!

Leah said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Melissa!! I love your drawings and your fabulous attitude about creativity! It gets me all excited to get creative just reading your post! :-)

Clover said...

Hi Melissa,
Those are such cute drawings - I particularly love the blind drawings!!
Love Clover xo

Nevis said...

I really, really love the 2nd set...the "Blind" drawings!

Abby Creek Art said...

I love the blind drawings too...they are so full of whimsy. I don't think I could draw ANYTHING with my eyes closed! xox!

The Devil Dog said...

The drawings are all great, but mom especially loves the blind ones. What fun. Mom is going to check out the Creative Everyday. That should be neat.

Roxy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our mom wishes that she could draw half as good as you do with your eyes closed, Melissa! You're amazing!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Liss said...

Sounds fun, I'll have to check this out tonight.

lizzyl said...

this sounds very cool, i am going to check it out! i love your little drawings--especially the blind drawings! they have so much expression. my favorite is the last one. he is like a little puggy fish! :)

Pearl said...

What a neat challenge, Melissa! I can't even write my name with my eyes closed- you are good!

I think creativity is good for you, in whatever form you choose! Keeps the wheels spinnin' up top! :)

Liz said...

Your "blind" pugs are so cute!

Puglette said...

oh, my goodness...you are one talented woman! those blind drawings are adorable! the first set is too! your pictures always amaze me.
hugs,
puglette
:o)

Mim said...

what fun! Thanks and let's be creative together,

Karine said...

Love all of your little drawings, Melissa!! It's official, I believe that the blind drawings are the popular choice...
xoxo
karine