October means #Inktober for a lot of artists around the world.
For me, last year, it meant getting a week into the challenge of creating a 100% ink work everyday for a month and getting white-washed with a bit of a life tsunami.
This year, the pressure's off.
I don't feel like I "have" to do anything. But I want to. I want to take the time to create with no stress, no expectations. Just a page in a sketchbook. It might be a vista that's before my eyes, or a thought that's in my head. It might be something I've done or seen that day. Whatever the subject matter, I'm using this Inktober to set myself up for a really empowering, creative, daily self-care ritual.
Making pictures, using colour, brushes, pens, my hand and my eyes and my heart, really really matters to me.
I need my studio time to recover from my people time. It's almost a meditation; there isn't anything else going on just then but me and my little sketchbook and the wind and the view from the studio window.
The following is my Inktober Sketchbook so far. Hope you like it. :) xx
Check out the founder/inventor of Inktober here for more information about it and it's origins. And for some seriously awesome art, too.