Well, well, well. It didn’t take me very long to fall off the Art Every Day Month bandwaggon, did it now? Here’s my weekly check-in for my usual What’s Up Wednesday.

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I doodled up AEDM #8 on Friday. Friday’s are my lighter days for computer projects so I can reward myself with a little more hands-on doodling. I was back in the gouache for this, and it was a chance to do exactly what it says. Breathe. Nothing fancy. Just doodling for the therapy of it.

I missed a couple of days of AEDM over the weekend. Our family went on our first geocaching excursion at the WNC Arboretum. Then on Sunday I cleaned up my office a little after church.

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Ok, it was only one little nook that I cleaned… but I finally got some artwork and inspiration on the wall, wiped off the drawing table and put things back where they belong. And yes, this is what my table looks like when it’s “clean.” Don’t judge me, everyone’s level of cleanliness is different!

Anyway, my little inspiration board is my favorite thing right now. I pulled together some color swatches from a few of my favorite designers right now, added a happy note from a friend, and of course, my calendar. Just really really low-res internet prints (I don’t recommend), but the colors inspire me.

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For my AEDM #11, I whipped up this little to-do. I’ve gotten in the habit over the last few weeks (maybe even a month or so?) of adding a little tidbit of inspiration to my weekly to do list. This week, I’m taking over the world. Do y’all remember the Animaniacs? Pinky and the Brain? And every day, they plan to “do the same thing we do every day. Try to take over the world!” It was one of my favorite cartoons back in the day. They just don’t make good cartoons anymore…

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So last night I doodled this for #12. I was up most of the night working on a tough project Monday night, which carried over to many more revisions on Tuesday. It’s been a long time since a project has brought me to tears, but this one did. It happens to all of us from time to time. (Note to self: I plan to write a post about that process when the project is completely done and I see the actual printed piece.)

I was exhausted from not sleeping on Monday, and praying through some things as I was getting into bed (at 7:30pm! Did I mention I was really really tired!?). Doodling is meditative for me. So it’s easy for me to get into a rhythm with patterns and subconsciously doodle while my mind focuses on heartwork. So #12 ended up being a dream catcher. Two-fold meaning there, I suppose. Praying for sleep, yes. But also some goals and dreams and plans. I think it turned out kind of cute.

Wow. What a long post! If you stayed along through the whole thing, you deserve a gold star!! *ding!*

What are you up to on this Wednesday? How are you doing with the AEDM challenge? Are you taking over the world?

Be blessed.
~Stacey

13 thoughts on “What’s Up Wednesday and AEDM

  1. Oh I do love your doodles! What a nice space to doodle in too. 🙂 I agree, cleaned up work spaces are in the eye of the beholder. Checking in from AEDM!

  2. I’m kind of off the art every day project. Well, sidetracked. I love your doodles. I need to get back to doing more with my drawing. Thanks for commenting on my turtle woman, in progress. I appreciate it. Have back and leg pain and need to stay off the computer!

  3. I do love your little creative corner, looks so neat to me. All that art on the wall is wonderful and inspiring. What a handy little basket thingy to hold your supplies, will have to look into this for myself. SIGH….just seeing your space makes me want to clean mine but too tired.
    The doodles and first art piece are both beautiful. Love the way you doodle and add color to it.
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I have fallen off the AEDM wagon too, hoping to get back on it but not daily.
    Have a great day!

  4. Well, I got the gold star! Thanks. In fact, I’ve just been looking back over your previous posts and enjoying them. As for not sleeping, I’m up in the night, not sleeping, though hopefully only for an hour or two and then I’ll try again.
    So glad I found your blog through AEDM. I’ve managed to keep up with it so far, but only by using one creation from each day and posting only once on a Friday.
    I love the artwork on your walls, and the bright colours, and interested in your little pots of paint at the back of the desk. Are these responsible for the lovely colours, I wondered what they are.
    My creative process generally involves a few sketchbooks or pieces of paper open and partway through, and it’s interesting to see from your previous post that someone else works that way too.
    Here’s to some restful sleeping for you.

    1. Hi Jez, thanks for stopping by!
      I can’t seem to keep up with the daily posts for AEDM, but I’m trying when I can! 🙂
      I use a couple of different media for my colors depending on my mood. The small bottles at the back of my desk are acryllic paints by DecoArt. Then sometimes I use gouache and/or watercolors, and sometimes I use Sharpies or plain ol markers. It really depends on my mood and what kind of mess I want to make (and clean up)! Oh, and sometimes I’ll add color in Photoshop after I scan it in the computer.
      And yes, I keep several sketchbooks going, scattered all over the house – and even my car! Sometimes I like to work small, sometimes I want to work a little larger, so I like keeping piles of them nearby.
      Now, I’ve gotta go check out your blog and see what you’re up to with AEDM! Keep it up! 🙂

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