Seven days without color: day 7


“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

Seven days without color: day 7

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“Good morning, world”

Phew! what a week! and we’re only half way through!

This little black and white photo project has been just the light relief I’ve needed amid all the full color planning for TWELVTY 2018. (TWEL-what? — go look-see over here)

Although it doesn’t begin for a couple of months (cos the name is a clue, right?) you can register now and then in the new year we’ll get started on a new adventure around the color wheel.

I’ve got exciting new ideas for this next run of the program so 2018 will be even more fun – y’know I’ve got folks from the 2017 group joining again for a second trip! That speaks for itself!

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Seven days without color: day 6


Seven days without color: day 6

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

 

 

 

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Seven days without color: day 5


 

Seven days without color: day 5

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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Seven days without color: day 4


 

Seven days without color: day 4

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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<No explanation> that’s part of the challenge. As a serial-explainer-of-things and reason-finder-extraordinare this is the real challenging part to me. Pffffft! 

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Seven days without color: day 3


 

Seven days without color: day 3

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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I’m juggling so many color-themed ideas right now:

I published the revised version of my Year Full of Color eBook yesterday, meanwhile TWELVTY 2018 & TWELVTY-EXTRA are in the final planning stages ready to launch next month. So a bit of black and white photography is just the fresh air I need right now to nourish my thought processes! 

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Seven days without color: day 2


 

Seven days without color: day 2

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

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A few days of monochrome abstract photography is the perfect counterbalance to all the richness of color I usually spend my days playing in.  Today I’m revising my ebook ‘A year full of color’ for 2018

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Seven days without color: day 1


“”“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”
The epic 100 day project is finished (I’ll show you that in my next post) and it’s the last week of Inktober already (another next post!).

This challenge fits just nicely into this week, so challenge accepted!

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100 days: 8-13


So here’s the thing: I’m not ordinarily a jump-out-of-bed-filled-with-enthusiasm-for-the-new-day kinda gal

(Oh, how I wish… I’m working on this one)

And I get twitchy at the thought of constraining myself to  a regular routine. 

I’m not quite sure why the disparity between the me I’d like to embody and the me I currently am, other than  – the reason for most things – people are complicated creatures.

It’s part of my BIG WHY behind taking on this challenge

It’s a practice within a practice, the bigger challenge of this life: to keep learning, keep evolving, keep shape-shifting – to become a morning person, a person who carries a sketchbook, a person who can draw circles and faces and recognisable things without drowning in judgement and criticism…. a person with a wholesome, creative, regular daily habit —  to who knows what next.

I figure only practice will get me from the version of the person I’m being now to the one I want to be next. One step in front of the other, one page at a time.


Here is week 2:

 

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I am magnetised by trees, hypnotised. I can just stand and stare at them. And I do. One of the (many) reasons, I love the shapes the branches make – the gaps and spaces – like windows to the sky.

 

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I forget what or where this was. I don’t think that matters much. What’s most interesting to me is all the metaphors this brings to mind. Today I’m thinking about junctions, connections, the joining togetherness and shifts in direction.

 

10/100

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I notice how today I’m just not feeling it. I get caught up in the details and miss the bigger picture. The perspective is skewed and botched. And I say ‘but it’s art, it’s a drawing not an exact copy. It’s *inspired by* …’ while all the while I’m wanting to practice and get better at observing, at seeing the whole picture, at planning and scaling and accuracy and all that stuff. It’s all metaphors and it’s all practice.

 

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This is a path I’ve walked down hundreds of times, a shortcut between two rows of houses. In the morning the sun shines through the tunnel of overhanging trees and dapples the path. Already I’m thinking I’d like to revisit this photo, see it through the eyes of a me-on-another-day.

 

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I found this curious group in a shop in Washington. I was travelling light so could only come away with this photo. In my drawing I could only fit three of the characters, so the others might appear later in the book (I feel like they should be together in some form). In the drawing the two on the left look a little conspiratorial while the green dude on the right looks worried. I only noticed this just now. What do they know that I don’t? Has separating them from the herd caused some friction? 

 

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It’s curious (to me) how taking a photo traps a moment, a memory, and holds it, contained in a little rectangle. This rectangle contains the mixed feelings of the drive to the airport, going home from a holiday, in a place I called my second home for sometime.

 


 

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100 days: 1-7


MY last trip to the art store was for essentials: gel medium and canvas. I passed through aisles filled with rainbows of paint and pens and all manner of glorious goodies. I resisted the urge to take home so much of so much. 

Until I saw this.

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my companion for the summer

I keep seeing on instagram folks doing this #100daychallenge and feeling the tug of a challenge I wanted to play along too… straightaway I knew this little sketchbook would make the perfect companion for me through this summer.

Beginning 1st June I’ve been taking my morning coffee with this new friend. Together we ease into the day. The light mornings mean my days begin earlier in the summer, it’s still quiet out in the world and nobody knows I’m awake, not even the internet.

Each day I choose a photo from the extensive collection in my phone (I’m forever seeing and catching patterns or shapes that intrigue me – finally I’m using this library – to begin my day’s doodles)

Here’s the first week of the adventure:

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Photo from the Pink Floyd retrospective at the V&A – PF have been part of my life since I was a kid and I’ve got so many memories tangled up in their music. I don’t listen to it much these days, so hearing some of those songs again, I got quite emotional. When I was a teenager I went through a real hippy dippy phase. (It could be argued I haven’t come out if it yet) and I adored early PF and all the psychedelic things.

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Still in the V&A, I forget what this is the detail of, but the patterns appealed and was enough to form the beginning of today’s doodle. I was listening to an Unruffled podcast, chichis where the quote “comparison and envy are just a different form of procrastination” came from. Food for thought for the day.

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Today’s doodles began as I absentmindedly drew round the shapes showing through from the page before. The indentations in the paper. The shadows and ghosts of yesterday. Then the shapes from a photo in the Cathedral in Barcelona, I was really taken by this arrangement of diagonal lines and circles. It’s one of a few similar photos 😉 .

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The photo that launched today’s doodle was a shop window display. My inner magpie saw those colors, those zigzags, and had to catch them. The reflections making new shapes on top were a bonus I didn’t see until later.

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The photo is of a metal grid thing at the train station in Sacramento, I saw while waiting to leave on the second part of my big train trip across the US last year. I like the perspective, the contrast in grid shapes. It set the scene for this doodle.

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Mmmmm…. foxgloves. What more can I say – aren’t flowers amazing?!

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Continuing the theme of nature being amazing, with this twisty tree from Kew Gardens. “Healing in Expression” was a phrase I heard as I played. Which is truly what this is.

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art is everywhere…


…but you knew that, right?

I’ve been looking at some of my old sketchbooks. Back in 2011 I did a textile art workshop. The topic for our designs was grids.

The week before I’d been to the Kniting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally – I came home with bags of new goodies to play with, and a camera full of ideas.

I was really struck by these images of the frondy leaves against the metal framework of the glass roof. Grids!! These were the grids I focussed on at the workshop…

…which quickly evolved into these…

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You can see the real frondiness of the cut out pages come to life here…

The magic of this sketchbook, even 5 years on, I still get new ideas rush at me as I flick through the pages.

Do you look back through old art journals and sketchbooks? Do they keep sparking new ideas even years later? Next time you’ve got a few minutes spare and they’re ready to hand, open one up somewhere in the middle and see if it stirs some long forgotten inspiration. Seeds of thoughts you planted way-back-when. They might yet grow into something beautiful!

 


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