My Challenge: A drawing a day in April

A selection of those 30 drawings.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Okay it's been a while. Strange things can happen between posts. Especially if you leave it a while. So the excuse is............. I had a baby, making me a mother as well as an artist.

It's been exciting so far and has opened more creative doors.

Well I should have posted the above in 2013.........but didn't.

Okay it's now been even longer.

The excuse now is..........I had identical twins January 2015.
New rule. No more children, no more excuses!

I've decided to not beat myself up about it. Why should art and motherhood be a conflict? Surely it's all just part of who I am. I am mother of a 2 year old girl and a lovely pair of identical twin boys, that's time well spent. Yes I have been busy. What an amazing journey so far, it's been a wonder.

As for art, it has taken me a while to realise that creativity can come in many forms. Anything I do whilst nurturing 3 babies, I should be proud of.

Whilst seriously sleep deprived I discussed how I could stay creative, my partner Rob White (who is a renowned illustrator by the way and I came up with the idea to challenge each other to draw everyday. So that we couldn't get away with slacking, we had to post each drawing on social media. In my case Facebook.

I hadn't been completely idle during pregnancy 1 and 2. I had eventually mustered enough energy, creative will and nerve to produce some work about my new world as a mother. This was a huge change in direction and made me very nervous putting it 'out there'. It was in fact very well received and made me determined to keep the momentum going, hence the drawing challenge.

Pregnancy, birth and the weeks following were much less of a shock and novelty this time round. Meaning I had room for creativity quite quickly. In fact whilst in hospital for 12 days I drew, wrote and meditated. Of course all aboard the hormonal, emotional roller coaster.