30 Minutes of Magic

  • @marine I guess that’s one of the magic things about these morning sessions. I’m not a ‘bounce out of bed’ kind of person. I’m more of a ‘hibernating troll under the bridge’ kind of person. So, there isn’t much thinking or will power involved. I just get myself from the bedroom to the living room where my sketchbook and a ballpoint pen is waiting for me on the sofa, open to a blank page and make marks for a half an hour. Now it’s just a routine.

    Maybe leaving your sketchbook out with your favorite pen or pencil in the same place every night.

    The other thing that really helped was getting in the ha it of always carrying a pocket sketchbook. Maybe that would help too?

  • @sketchbook yes it's actually making a lot of sense to have these 30 min of magic when your brain is still quiet. I will definitely try to leave out a sketchbook and a pen in a strategic place 🙂
    I do have a pocket sketchbook too but I never take the time to draw outside, I would write ideas on my phone though...
    Many thanks for your tips!

  • @Coreyartus the mentor was moebius 😃 if you find work of moebius it will click together 😃

  • @marine it’s a practice, meaning something you try to do every day, but some days go better than others. I can highly recommend Growing Gills by Jessica Abel as a chapter by chapter approach to figuring out a routine and focus that works for you and your goals. There are sections on getting clear about your ONE project to focus on, sections on time tracking to see where you are spending your time, that you can/can’t change about this, and the. Whittling down what you want to be doing into the reality of the amount of time you really can carve out to do the work.

    It’s helped me a lot. Working on only one project is hard for me (but I’m practicing, including fully permitting myself to work on something else occasionally without guilt) and folding in the learning aspects is also tricky for me.

  • @Susan-Marks Thanks for the recommendation. That sounds like just the kind of book for me!

    Kind of a tangent here, but it might be cool to post book reviews on the forum, too (in all that spare time we all have 😁).

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    @sketchbook That's actually a brilliant idea. I have a couple new-to-me books that I'd love to share that could be useful to a lot of people here on the forum. Hmmm... 😉

  • @Coreyartus Hmmm.. I wonder if there would be enough interest in having a ‘review’ thread on the forum. I guess there are lots of reviews out there in the interwebs, but it would be kind of cool to get reviews on books/art supplies/services as they relate specifically to the work our community is doing here at SVS. Just a thought 🧐💭

  • @sketchbook whoa that ‘thinking guy’ emoji turned out scary. This one captures the feel a bit better: 😁💭

  • @Susan-Marks thanks so much for the book recommendation! I'll try to find that book, looks very appropriate to my situation 🙂

  • Cool thread 🙂 I want to share a book called "The War of Art." It's about being a professional, showing up and getting it done every day. And it's written in short passages. So you can just open the book up to any given page at any given time and be totally motivated. It's awesome 🙂

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    @Coley War of Art is AWEsome. Changed how I look at art entirely.

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