Hi, I’m New Here
Shortly after graduating, I moved away from my hometown, and away from my artsy peers. There was no one making art around me, and I had plenty to focus on besides art, as I just had a new baby. I’d like to say that I started making beautiful art while my child slept, but I didn’t really make any art at all (at least, not on a regular basis) for at least a year after moving. I was living in an artistic desert. I hadn’t realized how important the art community is in providing artistic fuel and inspiration. The creative process can be lonely, but when you have community supporting you (whether or not you realize it) inspiration can be cultivated in surprising ways.
I did a lot of Googling to find something art-related in my neighborhood, and I found a few community artist studios that were way out of my price range, as well as a couple of “drink and draw” events in my neighborhood. I was a Level 1000 Introvert at this point, so it would be another couple of years still before I made it out to one of these magical events. More on to that later.
I found a job at a paint-and-sip studio and was finally in na environment where art was happening around me. True, it was mostly ladies copying paintings of sailboats for their girl’s night, but there was paint on those brushes. Previously being in an artistic desert, I was enthralled upon seeing people create things. This made me start painting a little bit, but I still found inspiration hard to come by.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Halloween-time rolled around, and all the artists on Instagram started posting about the drawing challenges that crop up this time of the year, with the most popular art challenge being #inktober, created by Jake Parker @jakeparker. I’d seen this art challenge before, but never made it through a whole month of making one drawing per day. Even though each day, all thirty-one days of the month, a different prompt is supplied by the creator of the challenge, it seemed crazy.