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Monday, May 17, 2010

100517 EDM 15-17

I have been having a bit of a mid-month crisis - a bit dissatisfied with myself on the days that I rushed the challenge to get out of the way (both the resultant sketch and the lack of enjoyment I felt in this approach) and wondering what my big goal for the month really is... I don't have time tonight to expand...

So I decided to take the pressure on myself off... make sure that I want to draw the object and to not worry if I miss a day- either posting or sketching.
Needless to say, when I take the pressure off, I often keep performing... so tonight somehow I am now up to date
100515 EDM in EDiM 15 A tree
In case you missed it- here is my tree from Saturday... done very quickly (what a surprise!) at the end of a long sketching day!
100517 EDM in EDiM 16 A tool(not favourite)
Of course my favourite tool is my lamy joy pen with a gold EF nib... but that would have been predictable and a bit dull to draw.
100517 EDM in EDiM 17 A musical Instrument
The only musical instrument I own. This is probably all a little to difficult to explain... but it has a LOT of meaning for me and reminds me of the struggles of the early teenage years.
The book is my Scottish Psalmody- which contains the Scottish Metrical Psalms and the tunes written in tonic solfa - this is how we sing at church in 4 part harmony. If the metre is the same you can choose any tune to sing - hence the split pages. So Sound of Music does have a practical use - it is the only way that people can understand it! But Maria doesn't explain the way it is written and the meaning of all the dots and dashes. A very clever system for the unmusical.

This is part of the Everyday in May challenge - drawing something every day
in May. A group of us thought it would be fun to do a Everyday Matters (EDM)
challenge each day using EDM 1-31. The list is here
The Group that is going to give this a go (so far... let me know if you want to join in and be added to the list)
Me (obviously) flickr or blog
Alissa flickr
Wendy (QuirkyArtist) flickr or blog
Jennifer Blog flickr
Sandy blog or flickr
TravellingSueP blog
Deborah blog
Margaret blog
Anna blog
Marthann blog
Yasemin blog
Carol blog
Anita blog flickr
Matthew flickr
Johanna blog
Sandra blog
Tyanne flickr
PrettyArtyBuildings blog
Maureen flickr
AJoyfulmoc flickr
LuxdLux flickr
Speck blog flickr
Claire blog
Janene blog


  1. just for the record... I am not being hard on myself... but am always wanting to improve and Everyday in May is often the way that I push myself in some way ... so trying to work out what that is for this year!

  2. Liz, love your post. Know the feeling. You explained it quite well. Good for being honest and true to yourself. You go girl, I love your work. It is so amazing, and wants me to do more.

  3. Isn't that wierd, that once you decide not to do something because it becomes stressful, then you suddenly come around and do it. I really know the feeling you are describing, just try to remember that it's for fun (isn't it?) and why you are doing it, that usually helps for me.

    Keep up the good work, whether you skip a day or not, I really enjoy seeing your work!

  4. My goodness! The wealth of your knowledge is mind-blowing! Never have seen that musical instrument nor have a clue what you are talking about with the music, but love the pages. I absolutely love the tree. You have captured the variations in the tree trunk colors perfectly. Here, those knives are called utility knives or box cutters and have been for eons (even before 9/11, I am sure). Anyway, I love all of your journal pages!

  5. i find not only your sketches interesting, but what you write about them as well. skip a day if you need to, drawing with pressure and stress is no fun! looking forward to seeing more!

  6. I think you expressed very well how each of us feels at some time during these challenges. I'm glad that by giving yourself permission to relax and take it easy you have found your joy and muse again.
    The sketches were wonderful. I enjoy seeing your drawings always, you work is superb!