I have a pretty fantastic family. A more excellent and eclectic collection of individuals you’d be hard pressed to find. One of these talented folk is my aunt, Lian Tanner. Amongst her many other skills is writing. Lian is an author of children’s books and recently she - or more accurately her cat, Harry le Beau - launched a new blog: “Harry Le Beau and the Vampire Mice Of Van Diemen’s Land”. Harry and I get on pretty well thanks to a recent housesitting/cat-feeding stint I did for Lian down in Hobart Tasmania, and he got in touch to ask if I’d like to put together the photos to illustrate his jaunt into the blogosphere. Well, naturally I was honoured and got to work immediately. I’m loving the challenge of taking on a new project, and I dare say you’ll be well entertained if you follow Harry on his adventures. He is a relative after-all…
Last year on the 1st of May, I was fortunate enough to bump into a friend on my way home. We had a chat and she mentioned that she was walking around with her sketchbook trying to find some frogs to pose for her "Every Day In May" sketch. Naturally, I asked for a bit more information and ended up being invited to join a group of artists who set themselves the challenge of drawing once a day, every day, in May. I'd been intending (for an embarrassing length of time) to make an effort to get back into drawing or painting and so I jumped at the chance for a bit of group-based peer pressure!
As far as I can tell, EDM was started in 2012, and has gathered 416 members since then. Before the beginning of May, a list of daily objects/subjects is posted on the FB page for members to download pre-sketchathon- one for each day in the month of May. Some are simple, others are open to interpretation, but all together the list provides a chance to take on a range of topics, styles and approaches to drawing. There are no standards, parameters or expectations, it's just you, your sketchbook and the list. You don't even have to do them all! The point is to get involved, be creative on a semi-regular basis, and to enjoy being part of a community who love to draw. For me, EDM achieves this end perfectly. As much as I enjoy the process of creating my own entry for (almost) each day, I also love looking through and being inspired by other members' creations.
It seems that setting and achieving goals, whether they be work, health or hobby related, is always better with company.
This is my second year being involved with EDM, and I'll be back in 2015 for sure. Now, off to find my pens and get stuck into EDM #20: a fork...
I've only been back in Hong Kong a week and I must have heard about the newly transformed PMQ from 10 different people already! The website for the daily venue/exhibitions is: http://www.pmq.org.hk/?lang=en and the link for the night market is here: http://pmqnightmarkets.org/ I can't wait to check it out this weekend. There's live music, food, and most importantly, local creative flair everywhere! Have you been to visit yet?
I'm sure you've seen this somewhere before - as with all things floating around on the interweb. However, I came across it yesterday and realized that it voices (very nicely thank you, Mr. Laurie) exactly what the thoughts running around in my head recently have been attempting to materialize themselves into. Have a read, make of it what you will, take from it what you need and then move on to the next thing. I'm off for a run up and down the stairs at the beach (Hinsby beach in Taroona, Hobart, Tasmania : http://taroona.tas.au/beaches). Peace out. Mx