Sunday, May 3, 2015

EVERY DAY IN MAY?

I have been seeing blogs where the artists are joining in on the Every Day in May challenge to draw every day.  This year, they even have guidelines:  one word to be a theme or the challenge for the day.  I am not going to do this to myself.  It puts too much pressure on to get it done even if you don't have time or energy, plus I'm against one word themes to constrict me even more.  Okay, those are my "excuses" of why I'm not joining in.  



However, I did read Katherine Tyrell's latest post about it and, after visiting the Flickr site where the artists participating are posting their work, I did one drawing.  Then I did another (but I cheated because I'm pretty sure you're supposed to be drawing from life whenever possible and there are plenty of Nearby Trees - the second challenge word - around me to use as life models).  







If I truly participated, I would do the second day's drawing over from life, sitting looking at a nearby tree.  (And not sure why this is so blurry - perhaps the skitchy background threw off the camera lens?)


These are both done with black Pitt Pens and then colored with watercolor pencils - no water.  And in my little 5 1/2 x 7 inches ESP journal (not the greatest paper for anything but dry media).


What about you?
Are you going to be drawing/sketching Every Day in May?
(I believe this was originally begun a few year's ago by the artist, Danny Gregory?)


8 comments:

Diana said...

Wow, I don't know. I'll try to draw but not post it. ha ha.. ok well no. Like you said the 30 days are quite a commitment. But I wish you luck!! love to you,Diana

http://carolking.wordpress.com said...

Every Day in May is one of those challenges a lot of artists do. I'm not one of them. I am too lazy. But I like your take on it and I like your two sketches for May so far. :)

Sadami said...

Te-he, Rhonda, I've joined it, for I'm a Sydney Sketch Club member. I did not know it here there, everywhere?! See how it goes! Cheers, Sadami

RH Carpenter said...

Sadami, I knew you were doing it with the Sydney group but I think you are using a different word challenge list? It doesn't matter since the idea is to get out and sketch and I guess that's what's happening all over, even individually (like me and some others who are not with a group). Enjoy the week to come!

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think you are right; I think it was Danny Gregory. I'm trying to participate to get me moving on something, anything. Time is definitely going to be an issue for me with 12 hour days just to work, work, and from work. But I've got to try! Love what you've done, Rhonda!

E.M. Corsa said...

Well, I draw and sketch every day anyways but like you, a theme can be restrictive. For me, it's also a matter of timing - lots to do this time of year. I might try something like this in the off season though.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - I too have been reading about all the artists taking up this challenge. Secretly I have been closet sketching. Made it a goal to sketch at least something every day. Not sure I want to share - these sketches are pretty scary!! LOL! Hugs

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sherry, EM and Debbie (Debbie, none of these are great, just fulfilling the challenge, so I'm not too worried or embarrassed yet! ha ha)