A few art journal pages I made in August, while enjoying summer in Amsterdam:
|Sipping cool drinks on a bridge over the canal|
|My husband playing the mandoline lying down in the park|
|Pretty park people|
|We didn't mind that one day of rain: it meant we had a reason to start the fire place|
|The Jetty, where we also swam, at the Oslofjord|
|Random building in Gamlebyen|
|I started this drawing while waiting for lunch in Gamlebyen. I added some more details and the color later.|
|Photo by Cathy Levesque|
|The summerhouse we stayed in. On the porch - the banjo man I always bring with me.|
|This doesn't look like my husband, but I don't mind|
|Even my sketches got lazy - I fell asleep right there for a little nap just a little after putting this drawing away.|
|A little narration to my drawings|
A little explanation: The lessons in the Playing series (the 4-week kourse ''More Playing" just started this Monday - you can still join by clicking here if you want) have been quite different from our previous kourses in Sketchbook Skool. Before, in Sketchbook Skool we have offered 6-week kourses, in which we feature 6 different teachers and give an insight on their approaches to making art and a peek in their studios. After summer, all of these awesome kourses will still be available on www.sketchbookskool.com for anyone who wants to start or keep a creative habit.So anyway, in this email conversation she asked me about 'the future' of Sketchbook Skool. Since I've been asked this more often in the past weeks, I thought I'd share my thoughts about this on my blog as well:
|Sketching makes the wait feel a little less longer|
|Our AirBnB apartment in Oslo|
|The owners of the apartment are coffee geeks. Can you tell?|
|The girl in the back waved at me when she noticed me sketching and signaled if I could show my page. When I left, I went up to her table to show what I did - she loved it. The woman with the glasses (on the left page) was outside smoking a cigarette when I left and she too was curious. Turned out she's an artist herself!|
If you'd ask me to pick two things I learned in the past year, then would be:
1. Time is valuable and you’ll never have enough of it.
2. (which is related to 1) Always ask ’Why?’
Asking this very simple question helps you get your priorities straight.
-You want to develop a creative habit.
Ask yourself ‘Why’. Because when I am creating, it makes me feel happy.
Perfectly solid reason.
-To develop your creative habit, whether it’s drawing, knitting, sculpting, cooking, painting or anything else: you’re going to need to carve out time in your schedule.
Why? Because otherwise life gets in the way and before you know it, time has gone by without you getting the chance to do what you truly love. And you will feel frustrated - over and over again.
-You might catch yourself doing something else that seems more important, and guess what? It takes up that single bit of time you planned for creating. Resulting in disappointment and frustration.
Why? Because you didn’t ask yourself ‘Why?’.
Why is answering your email right now more important than taking out your sketchbook and draw? Because there’s someone waiting for my reply. Are you sure about that? Would you rather work on other people’s agendas than holding onto your own? I’m sure they can wait for a little bit, and if it’s urgent - they’ll call you.
Close that email inbox and instead, work on that piece of art that is waiting for you.
Scratching your creative itch is way more urgent than answering emails, checking your Facebook feed, doing dishes or laundry and all other forms of distracting procrastination out there.
Why? Because when you are creating, it makes you feel happy. You said so yourself!