Day 3

Finding and collecting inspiration

I am constantly taking screen shots of artwork that inspires me. When I’m feeling bored or creatively stuck I scroll through my collection of screenshots for project inspiration. Here are a few examples:

I also collect inspirational quotes and affirmations:

Quote from Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
(This is a Thich Nhat Hanh quote.)

It’s always good to be collecting images, objects, materials, recipes, books, music, and anything that inspires us or brings us joy!

If you are joining us for future classes, we will begin working more with these things that inspire us. For now, it’s great to organize what materials you already have, make sure you have space or access to them, and think about what you might need to collect more of.

Quick Drawing Exercise

Pick 5 Images or objects around your house you want to draw

Materials: at least two pieces of paper, pencil or pen, timer, and 5 images or objects to draw.

If you want you can divide a piece of paper into four sections.

  • Set a timer for 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Draw the first image or object
  • Reset the timer for 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Draw the second image / object
  • Reset the timer for 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Draw the third image / object
  • Reset the timer for 5 minutes
  • Draw the fourth image / object
  • Reset the timer for 7 minutes, (use a full sheet of paper)
  • Draw the last image / object

Reflection Questions:

  1. What was it like drawing the images quickly, only having two and a half minutes?
  2. What changed when you had five and then seven minutes to do the drawing?
  3. How does it feel to have already done 5 drawings?!
  4. Is there an image or object you would like to work more with? If yes, which one?
  5. Which was the most difficult image / object to draw, and why do you think it was the most challenging?