Draw A Self-Portrait (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 6)


365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Monday, November 6th, 2017

Hope your week is off to a great start! For the Day 6 prompt of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, draw a self-portrait. Whether you think of yourself as an artist or not, draw a picture of you. Do it quickly. Don’t judge it- appearance, level of skill etc. Just draw your picture.

I can’t really draw very well (refer to the part above where I say not to judge what you draw!) Here’s a picture I had drawn of myself some time ago. I surrounded myself with all the things I love, and I have a print of this picture on my desk. Self Portrait / Day 6/ 365 Day Creativity Challenge/ Collectivitea

Go For It: Try drawing yourself using different tools- pencil, crayon, watercolors, markers etc. Do you look the same?

My Day 6 Prompt: Today was the first day since starting the 365-day challenge that I was pressed for time and inspiration. Though I have the week’s prompts written out, I almost didn’t make it here! Grateful that I did and that the challenge continues! I drew another picture of myself but it looks exactly like this one and it made me realize this is how I see myself right now. Happy, and surrounded by the things I love.

Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 6 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here!  I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’  or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya


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