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10th of February – creative sprints

February 10th, 2011 at 18:52

I’ve been having a quiet few weeks now in regards to my creative energy. Somehow I have very little going on in my studio. I can’t say I blame anything in particular for the quiet. Sure, the room is cold and the desk is cluttered because I just off load there instead of getting stuck into a new or old, unfinished project. I have a sense of guilt even, that I’m not nurturing my creative side, it’s a very quiet trickle if anything. And I find it difficult to go with the flow on this one. I have some ideas but nothing is happening, I’m not even blogging much, reading a little bit here and there, but not commenting let alone posting. I’m responding rather late or not at all to emails, and if I was to continue this line o thought I can probably list a good few things where my quiet is also affecting my real life social interaction.
And I realised about a week ago, I’m digging myself into a hole, comfortable hole, but it’s got to quiet. So I went out to do something about it. I started working on the vegetable garden again, there is so much to do and it will soon tun into an all-day daily chore and from now on, as soon as the weather permits I will work at least an hour a day out there.

And on the creative front I’ve set myself a few tasks, too. A very dear friend and blog buddy was so sweet to try out an creative exercise with me.

Ever since the NaNoWriMo in November I’ve been toying with the idea of doing creative sprints. During NaNoWriMo and the writing sprints, a bunch of us would get together in a chatroom, chat and then set a time usually something around 10 minutes, someone set the time and shouted GO and we would all just write like crazy on our novels to then take a break, compare notes and do it again.
I thought wouldn’t it be fun to work creatively on something arty, together with other people at the same time like during the sprints for NaNo?
Let’s say one of us suggests a picture, posts it to the others and then we set a time and sketch for 10/15 minutes, like in an art class with a model, except we’re sitting here in a chatroom, together. Or we could all decide to use modeling mass, clay or something and shape something we associate with a particular word, just brain storming, what’s the shape of the colour blue?
And when we’re done we could share by posting photos on our blogs of the unfinished stages right after the sprints and how we might have complete the work later on.

That was my rough idea and Amy was happy to try it out with me. So I set up a chatroom and we fixed a time and date. I suggested ATC as a format, coloured pens as our tools and suggested we try to draw our associations with single words. We agreed to set the time for 15 minutes. The first word was LOVE
We then stopped for a few minutes, chatted and thought about the next word, which Amy picked at random from her dictionary, BROAD.
Then we chatted again and finished off with one last sprint on the word CASTLE.
And this was what I had drawn after 3 15 minute sprints:

I painted the two holding hands for love with the colours merging into one and then let the complexity of a long-term relationship be symbolized by the ranking swirls around. But I was very unhappy about the colours. I am not too happy with the selection I made nor with the way the colours/pens worked out. I decided to scrap the card and do it one more time, still a working progress but better. I would like a clearer contours but am afraid to over-work this. So I’m leaving it like it is for now.

The word broad made me think of a man’s chest. I was rather quick in sketching this one. I didn’t want to ruin it with the markers so I waited to finish the colouring until later.

Excuse any anatomic inaccuracies, I painted this from memory :-P

And the last exercise was castle and I thought of a castle above the clouds with a breeze and wonderful sunshine.

I really enjoyed sprinting with Amy. I love, love, love her ATCs, check them out here.
I am late posting my work and apologise to you, Amy, for making you wait to see mine.

I wonder if there would be more people who would like to do this kind of exercise? I’d love to do it again. I’m provisionally suggesting Saturday, 11 a.m. EST (4p.m. GMT), please leave a comment or send me a mail if you would like to join in the fun.

3 Responses to “10th of February – creative sprints”

  1. Julie Jordan Scott Says:

    Oh, I love these sprints and the context of ‘art sprinting’… reminds me of my Passion Activator Fridays.

    I am grateful to find THIS EXACT post today via CED2011.

  2. Amy Says:

    This was so much fun! Your ATC are great and good job on the broad chest drawing! I’m so terrible at drawing accurate anatomy and am impressed when others can do such drawings … and do them well.

    The castle is fun! I really do not like the sandcastle I drew, but it was fun to try.

    I will not be around tomorrow as our schedules are full. But I’m up for another sprint at sometime. I hope you find others to play!

    I’m glad you are working out of your hole. Good to recognize it and be able to do something about it.

  3. forward tumble Says:

    thanks! I love your castle!
    my schedule this weekend is filling up fast, too.
    have a good one.

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