I've been doing daily drawings for a while now and posting on Instagram (which then post to my Facebook page and Twitter) and though I've missed a few days from pain, it's been really good soul-therapy to make a creative thing everyday. On the 2nd or 3rd of November, I discovered the Art Every Day Month challenge. (Check out #aedm and #aedm2012 on G+ & Twitter & Instagram.)
Seems everyone's been inspired by NaNoWriMo's huge popularity and November has become an explosion of creativity. This is good medicine for those of us SAD artists, who have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's important, when the darkness settles in, to stay connected to our creative family and to do little things each day. Not huge overwhelming things, just to draw lines, write some words, snap some photos.
My own SAD has been counter-intuitively better since my pain hit critical mass and I was ordered to bed rest in 2011 and I've been rarely out of bed since. I knew myself well enough to call a psychiatrist immediately I was sent to bed that August. I'm very much prone to cabin fever and with autumn approaching I saw the perfect storm for depression coming and headed it off with upping my SSRIs and anxiety meds. The effect of bed rest has been that the seasons (as well as weeks and months) have blurred and time feels like I've been paused for two years.
This year is better. I'm not where I want to be physically, but I'm able to draw most every day. I've started The Sketchbook Project 2013, and that will probably supply my daily drawings posts. I've picked the three that were most popular on Instagram (and one that my Facebook and Twitter friends loved) for you in case you missed them. I'm off to snuggle my sweet girl and get to doodling.
My top three Instagram doodles:
And the drawing that Twitter and Facebook loved most:
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