This past week I’ve struggled with recovering from the flu, which I got while traveling to a friend’s wedding in Austin. I’ve been back for a few days but traveling really didn’t help my recovery time and I’m still not quite back on planet earth yet (though I get closer everyday). So this week’s post is going to be shorter and focused on some of the more recent places I’ve turned to find inspiration. As you can imagine, I unfortunately haven't had the energy to do any of this over the last week.
- Creative Bug. This site is a lot like Skillshare but a little less daunting with more streamlined content focusing primarily on art and craft. I’ve been slowly making my way through Lisa Congdon's January Daily Drawing Challenge. I didn’t exactly do it daily and didn’t start until the end of January. But I’m 2/3 of the way through and this class has really changed my perception of my own drawing skills, so I highly recommend it. I also worked through the first section of Yao Cheng's Beginning Watercolor class and really enjoyed it.
- Uppercase Magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since the issues were in single digits, but I often don’t get a chance to read new issues when they arrive in the mail. I’ve been slowly catching up and always find myself hunting down more info on some of the artists and makers included in each issue.
- What it Is by Lynda Barry. I bought this book because I wanted to focus more on writing again. What I didn’t realize was that it would also get me excited to draw again too. Barry is a cartoonist and writer who believes in unleashing the power of storytelling in all of us. It’s refreshing to hear someone encourage you to make bad art and tell stories even if you don't think you can.
- Drawing is Magic by John Hendrix. Another book to get you excited about drawing. This book is a bit more intimidating than Lynda Barry’s if for no other reason than Hendrix's incredible illustrations and lettering included throughout the book. The mostly consists of exercises that seem very accessible, although I haven’t worked my way through any of them yet, I hope to start after I finish the drawing challenge I mentioned above.
- Daily yoga practice. Ok, so it’s not exactly daily. I try to fit it in when I can. And I always feel so much better when I do. Because of my schedule I can’t fit in classes too often, they usually start too late if I hang around the city after work, or too early if I try to commute home and go to one in my neighborhood. So I’ve long been practicing using videos. Recently I decided to join Gaia, a video subscription service, and so far relatively please with the huge selection of yoga videos available. You can try it for only 99 cents for the first month.
Now that I've shared all these I'm really looking forward to feeling 100% better again and starting some of this back up. Hope you enjoyed my list and maybe even discovered some new places to get inspired!
Like what you've read? For the next few months I'm changing my weekly posting day from Wednesday to Thursday to accommodate my teaching schedule. Hope to see you here again next Thursday for a new post on creative living!