Friday at Four #2 – Learning in a deeper way

Here we are, for this second edition of Friday at Four. As promised, I’m reporting back on my experience:

What I did last week

Having in mind that I want to create an illustration for a card I want to send to a friend, I decided to play around with the idea I had for it. I ended up sketching two versions of that idea on waste paper, with colouring pencils.

Although drafting and sketching are parts of the process I don’t always enjoy because a part of me wishes I could just skip to a perfect finished product right from the beginning, it was freeing to be able to just play around, without worrying about the results. It was fun to just let myself try stuff out and see what happened.

What I’ve learned from that play session

I was about to list a ton of little things I’d learned, when I realised they all had one thing in common, and it was something very interesting indeed:

Pretty much all of the things I’ve learned from last week’s art session, I already knew. Why, then, did I have the feeling I had learned them?

It turns out that I knew them intellectually and that through doing, my understanding of them deepened. What used to be concepts and ideas that made sense in my mind, I now get more holistically.

This gives me useful information as to how I can improve my learning in all areas, and it’s something I want to explore more. There might be a post about that sometime in the future…

My plan for this week

I’ll pick back up where I left last week, switching from the sketches to working on the final illustration. I’ll be mindful to keep my mind on the process and not worry too much about the finished product, and to remain in a playful mood. This might be a little more challenging now that I’ll be playing on watercolour cardstock and everything, but that’s the whole point of the exercise!

What about you?

Did you create a little space for the practice of your choice this week? How did it go? What did you learn? What’s your plan for the next session?

Please share what you plan on trying or how it went last time, if and when you feel like it. You can do it in a few words, through a picture, or any other way you can think of! You can do it here in the comments or as a post on your own blog, on Twitter (let’s use the hashtag #fridayatfour), or elsewhere – just let us know in the comments so that we can find your contribution and cheer you on!

Thanks for joining me, and happy playing!

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4 Responses to Friday at Four #2 – Learning in a deeper way

  1. Lindsay says:

    Ainara and I are still getting settled in, but I’m loving your process!

    • Josiane says:

      Thank you for stopping by, it’s truly lovely to hear from you!
      I’m sure that the process of getting settled in with Ainara gives you multiple opportunities to get creative every day… Actually, trying to fit in bits of time for yourself can totally count as your practice for now. Enjoy!

  2. Danielle P. says:

    It looks like my “Friday at Four” will happen on Sunday afternoon, since it seems to be the time of week when my mind is free from obligations.

    As you guessed, I’ll be playing around with my camera and my photos. There are so many ways to have fun! This week, I took one of my photos and used various filters and tools to transform it. It was amazing to see how different the same photo could look, and it was liberating not to be so controlling about the photo looking “just so”. Here is the original photo and my 3 favourite variations!

    • Josiane says:

      Oh, yes, there’s so much that can be done even after a picture has been taken! I like the variations you came up with. I can see all kinds of things in the first one, the second one makes me feel like I’m looking at the moon through a screen door, and the last one has a little something that feels really playful. Fun!
      Thank you for sharing, and keep playing around!

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