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“6 things I learned after drawing 319 drawings in 4 months and 13 days”

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Especially #6. Buy Why Does #2 Work?

I follow One Drawing Daily in my attempts to produce my own Dumb Sketch Daily. But whether you’ve made it a point to draw or paint or sketch or shoot photos (or write essays or verse or reflections) there are some curious things about developing and sharing daily habits.


Read One Drawing Daily’s whole post (please!) but I’m particularly interested in #6: “Draw whatever you feel like.” Much of art—like much of life—seems to be about absorbing the sensibilities of the taste-makers among us. Critics, media, famous artists. Famous people who are famous for being famous. There is a subtle pressure to like what they like and do what they do. But uniformity is not the great thing about the human condition. One of the great things about the human condition is that we all have a slightly different take on things. I love seeing different people’s perspectives. And developing your own perspective takes time and attention. But out of the habit of time and attention come a point of view.

And #2 still enthralls me: “Share everything you do!” How is it that the simple act of sharing something can have so much impact? It’s true with writing, true with making dumb sketches. It’s true with our ordinary conversations and when we confess some secret to someone else. It’s true with my clients: as they come to understand the power of sharing expertise and passion, all sorts of things start to happen in their business. It’s still shrouded in mystery for me, this sharing thing, but I’m pretty sure it triggers something in us that simultaneously wakes us up and fine-tunes consciousness.

What habits are you building?


Image credit: One Drawing Daily

Written by kirkistan

January 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

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  1. It’s so difficult to start a new habit.. We all know about those new-years resolutions that we’re enthusiastic about in the beginning, but then for some strange reason, after a few weeks, it stops being so interesting to exercise playing the mandolin every day, and you soon start finding excuses.. I had no clue before starting that “going public” with my project would be such a big motivator, but it really has been! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. And i like your take on “draw whatever you feel like” – I think you’ve added some reflection to it!. I’ll throw up a link for your dumb-sketch blog on my site.. I’ll try making a collection of the different bloggers doing this!


    January 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

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