FEP- creative online challenge

FEP ( = Flying Elephant Project)
Day 1  – Monday September 9th 2013
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
JOSEPH CHILTON

a. Challenge for your mind:
Learning to let yourself create is like learning to walk.
Often we judge us in the beginning and loose our interest in it because we think we are not talented enough. If you measure your work against the master works of other artists you will become intimidated even before you really start.  To get going, it is necessary to go gently and slowly.
Allow yourself to make mistakes, to be imperfect.  Mistakes are necessary and stumbles are normal. We should allow ourselves to make Progress without getting caught in perfection. This can go against our ego. We want to be great- immediately -but that is not how learning to be creative works. It is an slow, even embarrassing process. It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.
You must be willing to be a bad artist, Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.

b. challenge to practice:
sketch a self portrait with your left hand (if you are right handed)
Do not spend more than 7 min. to finish it. It is not about perfection. It is about loosen up your creative mind – do not think to much.
do not re-do it only to look better.
ALLOW yourself to be imperfect!

c. challenge to getting lost in time:
I normally dis- like landscape paintings and think they are boring.
When I arrived here last night I drove through endless fields of fading sunflowers with spectacular clouds.
This morning I wonder if I do not want to paint landscapes because I know, I can not be such a great painter to let the painting look like the grandness of nature.
Therefor today I challenge me and you to paint or which ever medium you want to choose to work on something you are feeling not good enough to do.
It can be everything!

So now lets get going! And do not forget to send us your comments and pictures, at least the one of your portrait….


Warm-up day  – Preparation for the creative challenge
September 9th – 15th 2013
Why don’t we start by you sending me a photo/ image of a clock/watch (to my email), as a symbol for the time ticking towards Monday, our kick off date of the creative challenge.
You can write a sentence why you like this particular one..

Looking forward to see what happens.

THIS IS AN No longer an EXAMPLE of photos / Images we than post with a comment.

Day 2 – Tuesday September 10th 2013
Day 3 – Wednesday September 11th 2013
Day 4 – Thursday September 12th 2013
Day 5 – Friday September 13th 2013
Day 6 – Saturday September 14th 2013
Day 7  – Sunday September 15th 2013

5 responses to “FEP- creative online challenge

  1. Hi Heike: I sent you my clock with comment…this will be fun. 🙂

  2. Hi all my fellow challenge friends! My self portrait is a double thwart as I drew it not only with my left hand, but on my IPad Bamboo Paper program. I am very uncomfortable with this new media and will challenge myself further today to try and create a painting in another app on my iPad. Thanks to Heike for this idea!

  3. Gail Forbes Shannon

    Hi Heike Judy and Mary
    I just sent both my drawings to Heike a few minutes ago. I used two different apps on my iPad to create them. Zen Brush for the self portrait and ArtRage for a rendering of a Victorian Tea Room in Benicia. I am much more comfortable drawing bodies than buildings. Still in the 90s here in Vallejo. Will try to do our projects for tomorrow earlier in the day.
    Heike and Judy, i love your self portraits (these are the only two up so far…it’s 3 am in Soreze at the moment)…i see your energy and beauty coming through your drawings..

  4. I love the results of everyone’s work! Wow, Peggy, what a great job you did on your self portrait challenge! Gail, you should do more of this sort of subject matter. As usual, I love your more spontaneous and loose style even if it does have more detail than your figurative work. I chose to challenge myself in a more abstract style as I have always felt ill at ease with it. I also am drawing and painting on my iPad as it is a great time to challenges myself to learn to work on it more comfortably. What I am finding is that it is opening up all sorts of creative ideas for later paintings. I love this challenge!

  5. Pingback: Day 6 – market day and more painting | who said elephants can't fly?

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