Daily Doodle Q&A and Giveaway results

First off I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all those who submitted questions to the Q&A.  It was a genuine pleasure sitting down with Paul and answering them.

You can find Paul’s podcast, Creative Loving Spirit here and the book we wrote together here.

To find yourself a copy of the Mountain Faces Meditation, then head over here.

Giveaway winners!

I have put all the question in a hat and then pulled out the winners!  The full list of questions I received was so good I had to let Fate be the decider.  If your name is listed below, please email me with your address and I will pop your prizes in the post.

Signed book and original drawing:

  • Kitty Jade

Original drawing:

  • Brian Balke
  • Von Smith
  • Jupitergrant
  • Sanandi-Jacq
  • Hetheru Mer Djehuty
  • Bonnie Rae

 

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Birthday Giveaway!

On Friday  Daily Doodle was 3 years old, which means that I have been posting a picture a day for the last 1,095 day.  To celebrate three years of doodling I made a thing.  To be more specific I made an art book.

If you have been with me for the last 3 years, you will know that one of the subjects my doodles keep coming back to are mountains.  Mountain Faces is dedicated to my love of mountains. For the last 4 years I have posted a drawing a day, everyday on my online blog. ‘Sitting like a mountain’ has become key to this practice. Mountain Faces is a short expression of this. It’s small, it’s short and it’s sweet. Proving that art doesn’t have to be worthy to be worth sharing.

To mark 3 years and the release of the book I will be giving away some prizes to followers.  I want to make a Q & A session and I would love to include questions from yourself below. All you have to do is follow the Daily Doodle blog and post a question to me below. You cold win a signed copy of Mountain Faces or one of the original drawings. Get your questions in by Midnight tonight (GMT) for a chance to win. You can pose more than one question, and if you do that be sure to leave one comment per question to make it easier when I do the blind picking.

As a sneak preview here’s a hill, that looks a bit like a bum.  How cheeky!

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Do you have a daily creative practice?  Then I would love to hear from you!  Comment below or tag me on Twitter or Instagram

Birthday Giveaway!

Today Daily Doodle is 3 years old, which means that I have been posting a picture a day for the last 1,095 day.  To celebrate three years of doodling I made a thing.  To be more specific I made an art book.

If you have been with me for the last 3 years, you will know that one of the subjects my doodles keep coming back to are mountains.  Mountain Faces is dedicated to my love of mountains. For the last 4 years I have posted a drawing a day, everyday on my online blog. ‘Sitting like a mountain’ has become key to this practice. Mountain Faces is a short expression of this. It’s small, it’s short and it’s sweet. Proving that art doesn’t have to be worthy to be worth sharing.

To mark 3 years and the release of the book I will be giving away some prizes to followers.  I want to make a Q & A session and I would love to include questions from yourself below. All you have to do is follow the Daily Doodle blog and post a question to me below. You cold win a signed copy of Mountain Faces or one of the original drawings. Get your questions in by Midnight on Sunday (GMT) for a chance to win. You can pose more than one question, and if you do that be sure to leave one comment per question to make it easier when I do the blind picking.

As a sneak preview here’s a hill, that looks a bit like a bum.  How cheeky!

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Do you have a daily creative practice?  Then I would love to hear from you!  Comment below or tag me on Twitter or Instagram

Give yourself the gift of time

As a creative person, do you recognise this:

I have had this idea, and I think it could be something really good.  But I don’t have time to give any real thought right now.  I’ll start it tomorrow.. next week… next month… I mean… I’ll get around to it eventually.

I know I feel that way.  In a way posting a doodle a day, every day has become a bit of a double edged sword.  On one hand it has encouraged me to commit to a daily practice which has lead me to producing more images than I thought I was capable.  However on a busy day it can become the procrastinating tool or block that I could really do without in my life.

banner 3I can sometimes become locked into a pattern of producing because I feel I have to and not because I want to, and that really affects the pride I feel in sharing a piece.  So when my good buddy Paul Macauley posted that he was hosting a workshop that would help shake creatives out of their funk I couldn’t wait to hand over my money (which is a rare occurrence this year).  In 2019 I have committed to making myself a better person, and that work needs to take place internally as much as it needs to take place externally.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.  On the first of January I made a dramatic change to my eating.  For over a decade I have had a very unhealthy relationship with food.  I have been obsessed, in love, and completely dominated by food.  I have been using food as a way to sooth any discomfort (physical or emotional) I feel. I have been stashing junk food away like a squirrel preparing for a 15 year long winter, and lying to (and lashing out at) loved ones when they express a concern.

However with the support of a few good friends (and a very competent therapist) I have promised myself that I will not turn 30 and hate what I see in the mirror any more.  In order to pull this off I am going to have to lean into other soothing tools which I have allowed to take a back seat to my food obsession.  Which means I am recommitting myself to drawing again.

Scan 62In particular I am going to finish at least one of the larger projects I have been chewing on.  I did some creatively focused coaching with Paul at the end of last year (as well as a podcast and a book), so I know that the trust I place in him will be totally rewarded with a rich and fulfilling day.  My hope is that in posting this I will also encourage a few more people to sign up and support him.

I can honestly say that I have rarely met a kinder and more thoughtful human being.  So if you are in Brighton in January, please consider this as something to gift yourself.  A day where you can focus in on making something that is important to you.

What is the day about?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have more confidence in what you’re doing? To more authentically express what is yours to make? To see a way forward that feels exciting and full of possibility?

In this fun, collaborative and supportive workshop I will share inspirations and exercises that invite you to open your head, heart and hands to:

  • Liberate your true wants and deeper intentions
  • Develop your thinking and principles
  • Identify small, meaningful onward actions
  • Rediscover the playfulness of ideas and making things

The expression of your unique experience and understanding is important. Let’s make the things we love in a meaningful way and share them with the world.

Where can I book?

EventBrite: And for a limited time only, there’s 25% off.

 

 

 

The Nightingale

If you are in Brighton between now and Sunday, and would like a bit of culture then may I suggest coming down to the Old Ship Hotel and seeing Show Shoppers presents the Nightingale.

You will get to see a show where (almost) everything is for sale. The props, costume and set have all been made by local artists.

If you do come you will also get to see me really milk my non-speaking big bird tribute act.

 

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