As we get closer to the end of the school year, I have been feeling very scattered. But I have managed to find time to get back into my creative groove. This past week I had to substitute during my prep period, which normally bothers me because subbing can be such a nuisance. Students often feel that a substitute means they don't have to do any work. But this time was not too bad because the students did their work and I was had time to do some drawing. I'm continuing with the yoga theme. It seems to be working for me.
This week I also began the Hero's Art Journey course. Our first assignment was a self portrait. I thought it would be easy, but it was a challenge. I couldn't figure out how I wanted to portray myself. I decided to play with melting crayons on a canvas. As I was doing this, I thought it would make a great background for my portrait. I took it with me to my illustrator's play date and worked on it. Within a few hours I was pretty pleased with what I had. There is still more that I want to add to it, but I like it so far. As an option to our self portrait, we were told we could do a children's book illustration of a child version of ourselves. I figured I should play with this as well. Since I love trees, I drew a little girl reclining in a tree drawing on a clipboard. I didn't have large trees around when I was a kid, but I always loved movies where kids would climb trees, or hang out in tree houses. It is definitely incomplete, but I feel like I've made great progress this week. I'm not feeling as stuck or overwhelmed.