Week Eighteen

Creativity comes in cycles. Some days or weeks, you’ll want to do nothing but spend your time practicing your creativity. Other times you’ll feel frozen. All of these feelings are completely normal and a reliable part of the creative cycle.

If there is one thing I have learned about myself in all my years of art-making, it’s that I can consistently rely on these cycles, and to give myself grace when the creative lows take over me. My motivation WILL return; it always does, because creating important to me. It’s true, I can force myself to do something when I’m just not feeling it, but I have found what I need is a rest, a break, or a change of pace. Doing one thing for a long time can wear on you. Sometimes when I’m feeling this way, I can keep making art by switching up the medium. A day working with paints or sewing can do wonders for me. Other times I just need to give my mind a rest. It’s important to give yourself time to absorb the experiences of life as opposed to constantly creating.

More than anything, I want you to know that if you are feeling “creative block,” do not feel like a failure. Take it as a regular part of your normal creative cycle. Give yourself a break or at the very least, a change of pace. Your creative flow will return.

What to Do

  • Last month, you pushed yourself a ton with trying new art styles! That is a lot of mental energy, so if you need to, take a lighter approach to the upcoming prompts. You don’t have to challenge yourself to the fullest every day.

Join me for more livestream drawing

Week of April 27 - May 1:
I'll be live Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 am PDT

Stay tuned for more live draw videos where we can hang and draw together, I can answer your questions, and show you some cool Procreate tips and tricks! I’ve been going live during the week around 10 or 11 am PST. 

Where to Watch

Watch on Instagram: @bardotbrush
Watch on Facebook in the Procreate Community and Making Art Everyday // Bardot Brush Groups.

May Prompts

OBJECTS + DECADES

Welcome to a whole new MAE theme for May! This month we are exploring the world of inanimate objects. Our prompts are pretty straight-forward, but feel free to interpret them however you wish. 

The “Plus”: Decades

Okay, you may have noticed a little bit of a theme to the prompts…the additional “plus” this month is to draw the objects from a particular decade. We’ll be starting this week with the 1950s and will work our way forward in time. Our reference photos at makingarteveryday.com will be linked to the decade-version of that object. You could even take it a step further by depicting your object in a style from the era in time! Or how about turning your week’s drawings into a repeat pattern, or imagine them as a pack of stickers? What other ways could you use a group of themed drawings?

Week 18 | April 27 - May 3

the '50s

Mon: television
Tue: eyeglasses
Wed: jukebox
Thu: skirt
Fri: milkshake
Sat: car
Sun: cocktails

You can access each week’s prompts, with links to reference photos, at makingarteveryday.com

We’ve got a Facebook group just for participants of Making Art Everyday and all things Bardot Brush! Come join our group of supportive artists of all skill levels, share your work, ask questions, and be a part of the community!

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