June 3, 2019
May 1, 2019, living room
May 2, 2019, my kitchen
May 3, 2019, my kitchen
May 4, 2019, Sandman Hotel, Vancouver, BC
May 5, 2019, Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver, BC
May 6, 2019, Sandman Hotel, Vancouver, BC.
May 7, 2019, Metrotown Mall, Burnaby, BC
May 8, 2019, Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
May 9, 2019, living room
May 10, 2019, Starbucks parking lot
May 11, 2019, The Italian Centre Cafe
May 12, 2019, Starbucks
May 13, 2019, Meadows Rec Centre
May 14, 2019, Community Centre, Sherwood Park, AB
May 15, 2019, My living room.
May 16, 2019, Front yard
May 17, 2019, Basement rec room
May 18, 2019, Starbucks / Indigo, Sherwood Park, AB
May 19, 2019, Southgate Mall, Edmonton, AB
May 20, 2019, under the Campbell Bridge, Edmonton, AB
May 21, 2019, my backyard
May 22, 2019, my front yard
May 23, 2019. End of my driveway after my morning run.
May 24, 2019, Southgate Mall, Edmonton, AB
May 25, 2019, Mill Woods Public Library, Edmonton, AB
May 26, 2019, Starbucks
May 27, 2019, Meadows Public Library, Edmonton, AB
May 28, 2019, front yard
May 29, 2019, my street
May 30, 2019, Community Centre, Sherwood Park, AB
May 31, 2019, Community Centre, Sherwood Park, AB
For the month of May, rather than have a theme to guide the subject matter of my drawings, I chose to relocate where I did my drawing. I’m fortunate to have a studio – a small room where my art supplies live and where I can go to draw and paint and control the lighting with everything I need at my fingertips – it’s all very comfortable and lovely and a situation crying out for a shake-up. The only requirement I set out was that I draw outside of my comfy and safe
nest studio – and as a result, outside of my comfort zone.
This was an eye-opening experience for me. A simple change in location led me places I had not considered before in more than a literal sense. There were days where I simply picked another room of the house to draw in and I drew what I saw and even that seemed new. I managed to draw on location quite a lot and realized I would like to try more urban sketching and take the time to develop the skills I’m currently lacking in drawing buildings and other architectural elements. I found that there is some pretty cool looking public furniture at malls and in other public spaces and I may have to make that a theme at some point.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone quite a lot this past month and I really enjoyed it. This has made me excited about drawing again and I feel like there is just so much out there that I want to capture in my sketchbook. There were a lot of days where I sat down and looked at what I wanted to draw and felt the fear of knowing that I might completely make a mess of it and I did it anyway. Some of the drawings are pretty mediocre, and that’s the thing; it really isn’t about how well they turned out, it’s about the process and the experience. Fortunately, the positive experiences far outweighed the less than successful ‘experiments’ and have left me with a head full of ideas to carry on in my daily drawing practice.