I'm reading a rather wonderful book at the moment. It's called the Confident Creative by Cat Bennett and is a mixture of practical ideas to get drawing, together with insight into the creative process. A quote I love from the book so far is:
"Art, like life, develops organically. We can't rush it or force it; we just need to show up and do the work, pay attention to what's there, and respond to inspiration."
And in that spirit, I've just been showing up to do my index card each day, for the Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. Some days I've had a definite idea of what I want to achieve before I start; other days I feel totally uninspired but do it anyway. Making art is about practice; it's about just showing up.
I won't deny that there have been occasions when I've looked at the other index cards in the Daisy Yellow flickr pool and felt awe-inspired and totally outclassed and thought to myself "who do I think I'm kidding?" but I've tried to replace these thoughts with positive thoughts and just showed up to carve out my own 5 minutes of creativity.
So far, I haven't missed a day of the ICAD Challenge, and here I share with you my latest cards - the good, the bad and the darn-right ugly: