Learning in Public
This week I am listening in to The Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit. The first speaker was Lisa Congdon. Her Line Drawing class at Creativebug really threw on lights for me. It was the beginning of a near-daily art practice that has brought me so much joy and satisfaction.
Through Wednesday you can subscribe + see Lisa’s interview for free. I transcribed a little of her interview. Here she’s describing her life as a working artist, but much of what she says applies equally to the fine art of homeschooling:
Imagine the perfect day, and work backwards to get the nitty gritty action steps.
What are the stimuli that make me feel happy + productive? Like my favorite tea or my favorite music or I make sure I’m in a comfortable place, working in good light, surrounded by a beautiful environment. I change things up. I go to a cafe to work, I go to my studio, I work from home.
I also think it’s important to remember that there’s only so much you can accomplish in a day. If all you’re doing is focusing on work, you are going to burnout.
I used to think that eventually, someday I’d wake up and figure out the perfect formula for my life. I’d know exactly what to say yes to + what to say no to so I’d have the perfect amount of work with the perfect pay + the perfect amount of free time + I’d have plenty of time to finish my work + I’d never feel stressed out. And I realized that that is just never going to happen.
When Danny Gregory interviewed Melissa Wiley, she mentioned Lisa Congdon’s year long exploration of hand-lettering. Here was a skill that she wanted to improve, so she hand-lettered a quote every day for a year + shared it on her blog. Melissa called it Learning in Public. A lovely aside: as I was clicking around, reading about Lisa Congdon, I came across her hand-lettering of Sister Corita’s Rules for Learning + Life…which of course reminded me of our trip to see Sister Corita’s hand-lettering work!
This year, one of my Lenten practices is drawing every day. For the first half of Lent I drew on the pamphlet that came with my Moleskine. All of these drawings were done first in non-photo blue pencil, then inked with 05 Microns in a variety of colors. The top photo shows my favorite drawing. I colored a rainbow using Neocolors, then drew a Japanese fairy on another page. The pressure on the Neocolors made this rainbow print! I love peeking into other people’s sketchbooks, so I’m sharing these photos too…even though there seems to be a pterodactyl in that pelican’s nest–she really is merciful!
Nitty gritty action steps. I love it. Years ago I read ‘Wisdom and Eloquence’ and they had you think about a 12-K education, I love the idea of doing that daily.
I’ve also been thinking of practicing calligraphy, this only adds fuel to the fire.
Iron sharpens iron, Dawn!
Aye. So very true.
Have you seen the index card a day site? http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/
I’ve thought about using the opposite side of my daily list for icad, but I’m not an artist. Perhaps hand-lettering would be a good match for me, instead.
Yes, we love ICAD! Our whole family participates. Here are a few posts with examples of our cards:
You can see some of my hand lettering in the top card of the top link.
I’d love to see your quotes!
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