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.
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….
Heike: oh, do I really look so old 🙂
Judy: Hi All! Here is my image and my double fulfillment of the challenge as I did this left handed (I am right handed) AND on my iPad in a program called Bamboo Paper. I am wanting to learn to use these programs and open my opportunities for creativity and feel very uncomfortable and awkward in this format. I will also attempt to do a Painting and share later. Cheers and have fun today friends! Judy
Peggy: Hi everyone, I was not able to get on internet all day till tonight, finally on, and got it done.. What a fun challenge and good way to get out of my head, doing fast with left hand.. So, here it is! Hope to do more challenges tomorrow. Spent much of today pruning my overgrown garden since I could not get on line. My face looks tired, and I am! This was a fun way to end the day.
Gail: The self portrait was done in my Zen Brush app on my iPad.
Gail: My 2nd piece reflects my love of buildings and shifting shapes on them. I shy away from drawing them as there is so much fine detail that I never quite get my brain around to give a somewhat accurate rendering. This is particularly difficult using any of the apps I have on my iPad. Maybe I’ll switch to pastels and pen
Judy: One of my ArtRage Paintings
Sandy: here is my contribution for yesterday-I got so busy I did it this morning- a quick painting with my left hand- over an unwanted painting- acrylic and a little drawing with pencil- short but maybe 10-12 min instead of 7. I like the directness and not fussing
Heike: daylong – my landscape – still challenging, I know why I dislike doing them…
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.
AN No longer an EXAMPLE of photos / Images we than post with a comment.
Heike: love the old style watch. It makes me feel as if time goes by slower
Simone: I send you a picture of my computer clock. I hardly wear any watches and the one I have ran out of battery. In my apparment I don´t have any clocks at all. After years of training without a wrist watch I´m pretty good in guessing the time and watching out for the countless clocks placed in various and countless spots in the streets, on churchtowers, with pharmacies, on walls, etc.. For all the occasions I need to know the exact time I check my clock on my computer or on my mobile phone.
Gail:Cathares Clock at Backery. Hi everyone! When you come to Soreze, without fail, have a loaf of this baker’s bread. The best ever! bisous Gail
Sandy:My watch & my travel book…possibilities !
Judy:Hi there! This is the image I chose for the clock. I see it as all of our “Faces” waiting in anticipation for the Creative Challenge to start. Tick Tock, Tick Tock. Judy
Sabine:So, here it is, my belowed arm watch. It is very masculine, big, black, serious… But surrounded with sparkling stars it gets also something very feminin. Don’t you think so? It must have to do with my personality as since about 8 years I was never interested to get a new arm watch.
Mary: The crazy, blurred, mishappen numbers of this clock represent my perception of time as I experience it now. As I age, I find time going by faster and faster. Sometimes it is just crazy, as the hours slip by so fast and just fly by, one morphing into another, going by so fast sometimes that they spin and lose their shape just like the numbers on this clock.
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