I wanted to review this book thinking Grasshopper and Sensei would like it, but instead I found it was perfect for me. I used to take a lot of art classes before I had kids. And while I have tried to paint from time to time, even managing to complete a hand painted set of plates before PickyKidPix was born, it never seemed to be the right time to make art. Either my workspace needed to be cleared off for a meal — I used the dining room table for my art — or I didn’t have a chunk of uninterrupted time, or inspiration, or the right materials …
Art Before Breakfast is a zippy, inspiration with the conviction that we all just need 15 minutes before breakfast to bring out the artist within us all. I am not a morning person, so I’d rather sleep the extra 15 minutes but I applied the principle and found 15 minutes in my day — sometimes less, sometimes more — to be creative. And I’m really glad I did.
Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory
As I mentioned, my earlier hurdle to create art was set up, but now I have dedicated space to paint. Still, without this book to prompt me, I had my photograph inspiration, watercolor paper and all my supplied ready to go for months without touching it once.
I used several 15 minute sessions to sketch my painting. I wanted to take the poppy photograph, but pull out just the far right corner of two flowers and blow it up really big.
Next, I wanted to lay in large swathes of color trying to start with the darker spots. In watercolor, unlike pastels which I struggle with, I like to build up layers to get the darker shadows, leaving white paper or less layers for the lighter areas.
My next 15 minutes was spent playing with colors, mixing on both the palette and on the paper.
I used this 15 minute section to get one coat of the background purples.
The next session looks pretty similar to the last one, but I deepened one side of the purple background. (I should have stopped here.)
Trying to get the flowers a more uniform color.
A little more shading. I think I overworked it, so I might stop here and start over with a new piece of paper. I should have stopped 30 minutes ago. Ugh!
How about you? Would you try something creative for 15 minutes a day? Danny Gregory’s book gives you all kinds of suggestions of how to develop a creative habit as well as ideas of what to draw, paint or photography and how to do it. He has “a zillion ways to be more creative no matter how busy you are.” It works too! I’m ready for my next painting!
I finally sat down for 2 hours and painted something by crashing my daughter’s art lesson. The 15 minute a day creative habit set me free.
My second attempt to stop before overworking it.
Another art journal that I like is Doodle Journeys: A Fill-In Journal for Everyday Explorers by Dawn Devries Sokol
p.s. I have a few art projects for kids here:
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