Saturday, 4 December 2010

Inspiration Avenue Weekly Challenge: Once Upon A Time - stepping out of my comfort zone....



Okay, so I can't draw real life stuff (yet). I'm okay at doodles and am quite proud of my mandalas (see recent posts) but I evidently need some classes on perspective etc. However, hopefully you appreciate the ideas behind my entry for this weeks Inspiration Avenue's Challenge that had the theme 'Once Upon a Time'. I am not putting myself down though because I am actually quite proud that I tried something outside my comfort zone and was brave enough to post it. This year I've finally learnt to just enjoy and not worry about the results. The benefits come from enjoying the process. It is good for me to stretch myself creatively for both psychological and learning reasons.

When's the last time you stretched yourself creatively? Have you recently tried to create something that required using a different skill set? Give it a go. Abandon all expectations. And just enjoy the process!

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22 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I'm always up for trying something different, so well done!

    Julie

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  2. I'm ALWAYS feeling like I'm stretching out of my comfort zone, Kat! And I too need to learn more about perspective but haven't taken the time yet. I post anyhow because I have accepted I am an amateur and the only way to improve is practice, practice, practice (as we tell our kids) plus posting keeps me actually working on creating, "just doing it".

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  3. I always feel like I'm stretching myself, too. I often don't know what I'm doing when I'm working on projects and during AEDM I started painting. It's great to see you bravely plunging in.

    And what a cute cartoon!

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  4. I like your drawing. I was wondering what my drawing would be like if I did this. I may give this a go like you said. I will post it on my blog when I am done with it. :)

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  5. It's fun Kat and that's what it's supposed to be all about. Enjoy!!

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  6. I love this post..you did a great job, and it's not about what you created it's about trying something new.

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  7. it's the hallmark of the challenge - inspiration and creativity!

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  8. This is a wonderful piece. Your post speaks to my heart too! I am new to blogging and putting my thoughts and art out there so I completely understand. Thanks for sharing your art and perspective.

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  9. It's a good thing you stepped outside of your comfort zone cuz this is cute. I really enjoy it. The comic style of it is fun.

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  10. i think that's the best thing about a blog... it really pushes us forward and reminds us to stretch ourselves! i just saw "Tangled" at the theater with my girls and it reminds me of your drawing!

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  11. love love love! a feisty rapunzel-I am all over it!

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  12. Good on you, Kat! Well done!

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  13. HI Kat..Super beautiful and so charming..a wonderfully creative piece! Shine on!
    Victoria
    And thankyou for your lovely visit and kind words..they mean alot~!

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  14. Ha! I love Rapunzel : ) Your art made me laugh, and I love what you wrote! You are right, it is important to try things outside our comfort zone as artists. If we never try anything new, how can we grow?

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  15. He he he, I guess Rapunzel is right, by the way it must hurt.
    Janine
    Thanks for your visit.
    Have a great day

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  16. I like what you say, "Abandon all expectation." That can make our lives easier and happier!

    This drawing is fun and cute! Don't worry about perspective or other technical terms, just draw what you yourself want to see and enjoy it ;-D

    I love your mandala too. I'm working on a book about Tibet and I have to draw some graphic mandala. It's interesting!

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  17. I can't even draw a circle, so your piece is wonderful. Your attitude of "abandon all expectation" is one we should all live by. Great IA challenge piece. After all, perspective is part of the fantasy!

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  18. a wonderfully playful style - this is great

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  19. Thank you for all your wonderful comments.

    Yes that's a thank you to: Julie, EVA, Anne, Frankie, Lisa, Sherry, Patk860, Amanda, Missy, Aimee, Robin, Yvonne, Victoria, Joyelle, Janine, Pavinee, dthaase, Bleubeard and Elizabeth.

    Your support, insightful comments, inspiration and company on this creative journey are invaluable and mean the world to me.

    The potential of the internet to connect people can be amazing.

    Hugs
    Kat X

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  20. I am having a good laugh at this. Thanks for the smile!

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  21. That's a very beautiful drawing and am happy that you enjoyed it! I think you drew it very life like. I love expressive arts and lately been more into singing, dancing and playing instruments. As part of my 'Spiritual Counselor' Diploma one of our recent modules has been just that, sound healing and now I am looking forward to testing it out on my friends. Using music and voice to soothe and heal. I'm also stretching myself out in the area of Shamanism which is something am deeply interested and connected to. Interestingly enough when I was doing sound healing with one of my course friends, she had a vision that she could see me as Shaman, and that has led me to broaden my horizons. I am also starting to get back into Chi Kung, as it's something that has been with me nearly all of my life, for being a natural healer and just acclimatized myself naturally to it. This is something that I still need to practice as a healer, especially when using my energy to help others.
    Much love and yey for you creating something new! ~ Ana

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  22. Ana - you sound like you are exploring lots of very intersting areas and ideas. Thank you for your comment.
    Kat X

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