Oh hey that 30 day challenge thing.....

I've been meaning to post this for weeks and weeks.  Here is the rest of that 30 day challenge that I did with Briana!  (Go check out her stuff!)

 Day 26: "A Musical Instrument" A Cello!

Day 26: "A Musical Instrument" A Cello!

 So I swear Day 27 was a "Sentimental Valve," but halfway through the drawing I realized that it proooooobably said a "Sentimental Value."  I liked mine better.  Here is a sad valve.  Maybe it has seen too much Delta P.

So I swear Day 27 was a "Sentimental Valve," but halfway through the drawing I realized that it proooooobably said a "Sentimental Value."  I liked mine better.  Here is a sad valve.  Maybe it has seen too much Delta P.

 Day 28 "Your Zodiac Sign" I'm a freaking Gemini. 

Day 28 "Your Zodiac Sign" I'm a freaking Gemini. 

 Day 29 "The meaning of your name" HA! My name is super literal! No abstract concept like "She who is most loved by God" for me to illustrate!  Just a big green rock. 

Day 29 "The meaning of your name" HA! My name is super literal! No abstract concept like "She who is most loved by God" for me to illustrate!  Just a big green rock. 

 Day 30 "Favorite Outfit" definitely an over-sized shirt with leggings that I can move around in.  And if it's chilly, then the fuzzy wool socks that my room mate got everyone for Christmas, because he knows just what toes need. 

Day 30 "Favorite Outfit" definitely an over-sized shirt with leggings that I can move around in.  And if it's chilly, then the fuzzy wool socks that my room mate got everyone for Christmas, because he knows just what toes need. 

And there you have it! 30 day challenge complete! Overall it was a really good bit of discipline for me, and it forced me to draw stuff that I totally don't do on my own. (Although maybe I'll start a series of emotional industrial equipment?...) And that was great.  But sometimes getting the time in to do it was really hard.  We began this on Jan 1, and I had several a few other 30 day challenges that I wanted to do at the same time.  And I find more and more as I get older that I simply cannot do everything. There isn't enough time.  And the more I try to do, the less good I am at everything.  So I ended up putting a number of things on hold in order to complete this challenge, and even then I would fall behind just because of my schedule sometimes.  It really drove the point home that if you want something, you have to create the time for it. 

In other news, Briana and I went to Spoke Art for the 3rd Annual Prisma Collective Show, which was fantastic.  I follow a lot of the artists from the collective on various forms of social media, and it was really cool to see their stuff in person.  I even met Caitlin Hackett and Casey Weldon, which was a huge treat.  As Briana pointed out several times, art heroes, just like any other heroes, are just people, and they do normal human things.  I put a few pictures on my facebook page - I really wish I had taken more.  Also, the Prisma Collective is selling a book - 260 some-odd pages of works from the artists, progress shot, FAQs from each artist and other great stuff.  I bought one at the show, and I have to say I am really glad I did.  Not only just for the beautiful work inside, but looking at other people's progress shots is always beyond helpful to me.  

Additionally, some of the answers to their frequently asked questions were really insightful.  Kelly McKernan talked about how when she was coming into the art scene after school, she took it upon herself to create 30 new paintings in six months - which is incredible. At least to me, as someone who managed to put out like, six paintings last year.  That's a whole lot of work, and it has motivated me to try something like that my own self.  I'd like to complete 30 paintings this year, as an exploration in style and a continued attempt to hone my skills.  So hold me accountable! Get on me! Or even....do it with me.  If I feel like I am letting someone down, I definitely put forward more effort. :)

And last, but certainly not least, I went to a mixer for the Hacker lab opening up in Rocklin last night, and I had a great time.  I was anticipating that there would be like, 15 people there and we'd quietly chit chat about whatever, but no.  The bar was PACKED.  It was great to see such a positive response from the community for a maker space like this.  I met a lot of really cool, innovative people last night who got me psyched for the possibilities that this space will create.  I chatted with one of the founders for a minute, and mentioned that Freeflow is interested in not only cultivating good movement habits, but passing on that sense of wonder and curiosity at how things work and how to make it yourself.  She said that Rocklin is a really family oriented community and that the new space will be doing a lot with kids, so hopefully we can collaborate on some stuff.  How freaking rad is that going to be?  They offer 35 or so classes a month in everything from yoga to TIG welding to game design.  The local maker community is really going to benefit from this, and I am so proud of Sierra College for its part in bringing it here. 

Anyways, that's about it!  I have a few blogs on actual topics instead of updates coming soon, but as always my sense of procrastination is very strong.  Perhaps too strong. :)  Hope everyone is doing well, and have a wonderful weekend!