Almost immediately after writing out my 2012 review and my 2013 goals, I was hit by a surge of creative drive. Not always energy. Not always inspiration. But I really felt like making time to draw something. That’s a huge thing, really, even if it’s only the start.
I think I owe some of this new momentum to an artist and blogger I’ve been following for many years now, Claire Robertson of Loobylu. I discovered Loobylu back when I first entered the blogging world, and while many a blog has come and gone from my RSS reader, this one has remained. When someone with my short attention span sticks around that long, that says something, doesn’t it?
This year Claire has committed to one drawing a day, and while I have absolutely no interest in that sort of commitment myself—I already know how terrible I am at it—something about Claire’s recent blog posts with her daily drawings made me feel that little creative zing.
That doesn’t happen so often anymore, me getting wildly inspired by other people’s creativity. I guess I’ve become a little old-hat at this DIY, creative community business and I don’t get as excited about every amazing thing I see anymore. But every once in a while, something really, really special still pops off the screen and makes me want to be magical myself. That’s what happened with Claire’s drawings this month. I saw them and read about them, and suddenly I wanted to draw again too.
And so I did. I’ve sketched randomly, just for the sake of doing it. I’ve embarked on a small experiment in a variety of media (more on that next time). I’m resuming work on something I started last year. I have other ideas percolating. It feels good.
Thank you, Claire. I needed that.