The week 3 art journal prompt for Colour Me Positive was about living life to the fullest and the quotation to accompany that was “Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous”. Although I am a natural pessimist and prone to cynicism, that also means I am very well aware of how short life can be. I do, therefore, very much believe in living each day purposefully, making each day matter. It doesn’t have to be about living life to the full each day, of course. That would be impractical and near impossible to sustain. To me, it is more about seeing the significance of small decisions that make bigger differences overall: choosing to do something with my kids instead of doing housework; making time for my art instead of dusting more than once a week. See a pattern here? I keep my house clean and tidy but keeping it neat as a shiny new pin would come at too great an expense for me. I doubt anyone ever has, as they gasp their last breath, ever wished they had spent more time dusting. Small choices add up to a more fulfilled life.
Anyway, just to contradict myself, I have been struggling for spare time for art this week so I decided to challenge myself to create a journal page in fifteen minutes from beginning to end. That way I could multi-task while having a cup of tea and overseeing cookies I had baking in the oven. Limiting myself in such a way also helps me to just be playful and relaxed while working in my art journal instead of seeing it as a task or something I have to accomplish. It is a short burst of creative fun that way.
After all that preamble, the page is self-explanatory, a simple ink and wash drawing, featuring some of my favourite animals to draw – a rabbit and a pig – and the newest member of the Pict family, our three-legged cat.