Prompts to help beat the Artist’s Block!

Prompts to help beat the Artist’s Block!

Sharing today my ink sketches for Week 3 at Inktober.

I must say, the prompts do make it easy to draw on the days when the mind is blank. Something like an Artist’s Block! But, at times, the prompts can be so confusing that try as you might, it gets difficult coming up with something to draw!

Day 15

WEAK

I drew my childhood self–weak and voiceless against the man who…well… It is really my #metoo story from childhood that haunts me to this day, when I was too weak to protest. I am glad I had my parents by my side.

Day 16

ANGULAR.

I wanted to draw a handsome, male fashion model with an angular jawline and rugged good looks. Sigh. I just couldn’t manage it! I am bad at drawing humans!

Day 17

The prompt for this day was SWOLLEN. But, as I said earlier, I just couldn’t come up with any idea. Moreover, it being the festival of Navratri, I was keen on drawing Maa Durga.

Day 18

BOTTLE.

Made this bottle with a moneyplant. And, thankfully, the moneyplant came out pretty well!

Day 19

SCORCHED.

This is the picture that came to mind instantly when I read the prompt.

Day 20

BREAKABLE.

…like my heart!

Day 21

DRAIN.

I used the verb ‘Drain’, instead of the noun and made this drawing! Now waiting for winter when I can fulfil my wish…of sipping some wine, or vodka! ūüėú

That’s all for this week at ‘The Art Nook’, from this eccentric artist.

Until next week…

Take care and keep smiling… come what may!

Love,

SHILPA…

The artful month that’s October.

The artful month that’s October.


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October is a month I so look forward to. No, not because it’s autumn, but because I get a chance to flex my finger muscles and put my mind to good use. The arty month, as I like to call it, October hosts the Ink drawing festival– INKTOBER–a brainchild of artist, illustrator, Jake Parker.

It’s a week since artists from the world over have shared their artwork in ink based on prompts that can often leave one perplexed! You might have come across these sketches on the various social media platforms. I could scroll through the Instagram feed all day, gazing in awe at the thousands of ink drawings.

The 20 minutes I spend making a drawing are the 20 minutes that I am at peace. I admit, there are times I wonder what people will think about my work, but then, the thing called inner voice tells me to just concentrate on having a good time creating.

The prompts can, at times, seem difficult and coming up with an idea for a particular prompt takes some time for me. For example, I was stuck at EXHAUSTED. What do I draw to show exhaustion? It isn’t compulsory that one follow the prompts, but it gives the brain that much of a workout coming up with an idea for such prompts. Gives the mind some busy moments, too!

I don’t consider my figure drawing even satisfactory. So, this time, I thought of drawing human figures as much as possible so that some day I can draw it from memory. Kindly ignore the errors you come across!

So, sharing today, my ink drawings and the prompts for the first eight days of October, or, #Inktober2018.

Day 1 — POISONOUS.

DAY 2 — TRANQUIL.

DAY 3 — ROASTED.

DAY 4 — SPELL.

DAY 5 — CHICKEN.

DAY 6 — DROOLING.

DAY 7 — EXHAUSTED.

DAY 8 — STAR

It was fun drawing these pictures and the prompts did make me rack my brains. But, a busy mind is a healthy mind, is what I believe. It keeps away the negativity and makes you live in the moment.

Are you participating in Inktober? If not, you can begin now. The only rules are there are no rules. You are just supposed to enjoy the creative process.

So, are you game?

Love,

SHILPA..

The festival of Ink drawing.

The festival of Ink drawing.

What began two years ago as an exciting new journey into the world of Ink drawing for Inktober, has turned into the eagerly awaited event for me, as the year begins. Inktober is an Ink Drawing festival started by illustrator, concept artist, and animator, Jake Parker. It is held in the month of October–and thus the moniker, Inktober--and is open to everybody who wishes to indulge the artist in them.

Now, that doesn’t mean it is meant only for the “artists”, because as Liz Gilbert says in her book, ‘Big Magic’, everybody on this planet is an artist, regardless of what you create. For everything we do is art!

As part of this festival, all you need to do is make ink drawings and share them on any social media platform, or even put them up on your refrigerator door! The basic principle of this fest is to enjoy every moment you spend in making the drawings.

For me, personally, it means forgetting the world around me, banishing all the unpleasant thoughts and enjoying some moments of absolute peace; getting carried away making drawings that need my 100% attention. Believe me, the entire experience is therapeutic.

So, about the fest–every day of the month of October, you make an ink drawing and share it with the hashtag #Inktober #Inktober2018.

You may draw what you please. And, if you fail to come up with an idea, or hit an Artist’s Block, then you can refer to the list of prompts that Jake Parker releases sometime in September.

I am sharing the prompt list below and if you think you could do with some art therapy, do join in!

You can make pencil sketches and go over those with an ink pen. Any simple ink pen will work fine. You could also use water colours, or crayons or colour pencils along with the ink pens to unleash the artist within.

Just have fun, people! Do not care about what people might think, or how your art is judged. As long as you enjoy making the drawing, nothing else really matters. It is actually an exercise for the mind to fight all the distractions, focus on something that gives happiness to the soul and provides you with a few moments of relief. That’s all!

So, what do you think? Will you like to join me this month? We all could do with the encouragement. Because I know, as do you, that not every day is the same. There will be days when our creative juices will flow like the Niagara Falls and some days the mind will come to a standstill, and in spite of the prompts, you will not have the faintest idea what you would like to draw! Or, if you would even like to draw anything!

Do let me know if you will participate. I look forward to having you around.

Wishing you all the very best! Just go, have fun!

Love,

SHILPA…

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Q – Quotable Quotes. #AtoZ

Q – Quotable Quotes. #AtoZ

Quotable Quotes

I love quotes. Words of wisdom that  instantly lift your spirits, boost your morale and push you to do your best.

A category for Inspirational posts that share real- life stories of heroes who motivate us to give back to the society was on my mind when I created Metanoia.

But, then I also decided to share inspirational quotes by great minds, who know just the words that act as a stimulus  to us mere mortals when in time of need.

Gautam Buddha,  Dalai Lama,  Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, Maya Angelou and so many more have given us some precious pearls of wisdom that help us precisely when we need them the most.

Sharing today some quotes that I re-read every now and then. Actually, I can’ t really pick favourites when it comes to quotes because ¬†I find them all inspiring.

So, take your pick and let these words encourage you , and give you the motivation you  need each time you find yourself bogged down by Life.

I have used my ink drawings from the Inktober Ink Fest 2016 and 2017 for the posts.  Feel free to save any you like!

 

 

 

 

 

Words of wisdom

 

Quote by Dalai Lama

 

Words of wisdom

 

Quotes to inspire you

 

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“Nothing is permanent.” is a personal favourite. I think of these words each time Life feels difficult, as well as when Life feels like a walk in the park!

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

 

M – Metanoia. #AtoZ

M – Metanoia. #AtoZ

 

The A to Z blogging challenge

 

When I was ¬†renovating my old blog, ‘Feelings’, I was looking for a name that could ¬†convey the essence of my new blog in one word. ¬†My new blog would stand for positivity, ¬†transformation, self-love, happiness and energy.

Metanoia fit the bill to a T!

Metanoia stands for a change in one’s heart, mind, soul and way of Life. The kind of change I wished to bring in myself, and in my Life.

We have but one Life, and living it to the fullest, working towards fulfilling our dreams, as well as helping others along the way is how it should  be lived.

And, that’s what I intend to do through my blog. Give back the love that I have received in the past few years and the blessings I receive in abundance every day!

I intend to do it by writing on topics related to health and fitness, food and nutrition, and sharing motivational posts, the kind we all need to keep going on this journey called, Life.

There’s no place for negativity here. You won’t find any rants or diatribes against the so-called “toxic” people as well as ¬†our society, which can be quite difficult to fathom, at times.

There’s already enough negativity in our world. Spreading positivity through our words and our actions is what’s really needed today. ¬†Something which I wish to attempt ¬†through my blog.

Metanoia also shares  real life stories of Heroes who exist amidst us; who  go out of their way to help people in distress and, who would rather do their duty towards their brethren quietly and stay away from the public glare. Heroes who consider it their moral responsibility to reach out to those in need.

The posts on Food and Nutrition aim at entertaining as well as informing my readers about the right kind of diet one should follow. As I said, this is the only Life we have been blessed with. Taking care of our health through proper diet and exercise needs to be made a priority.

This is the very first A to Z Blogging Challenge Metanoia has participated in, and hopefully not the last one! Actually, I am very sure I will be participating in the next A to Z in April’19, as I have already begun thinking about the possible topics I can work on!

All thanks to Blogchatter, Blog-A-Rhythm, Write Tribe, Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram, Metanoia has been receiving a good viewership since the 1st of April.

It’s humbling to know there are people who can relate to my words and share their experiences through their comments. Gives me a morale boost, as well as the satisfaction that I am going in the right direction.

I hope you  find Metanoia a wonderful place to visit. Your words give me the motivation I need to keep going on this journey.

Thank you for your visit!

It’s truly an honor to have you here!

Love,

SHILPA…

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

 

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.