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01 January 2011

Successful Completion of Creative Every Day in 2010!!

Phew!!! I made it! 

For 2010, I choose the word "CREATE" for my Word of the Year and then shortly thereafter I came across Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge. I thought - "what a great way to ensure I follow through on my desire to create" and I promptly joined. I have a tendency to take things a bit too literally and so I took a blank book I had and started to create something in it every day. The first few months I stuck closely to the themes and then when they no longer remained inspirational, I switched to just creating something. 

I filled four books and some of a fifth. I did an image for every single day of the year in 2010. There were days I did 2 and days I did none but those were relatively few. Travelling was the major challenge (and I do travel so I experienced that first hand) and so were holidays. Some nights I was up much later than I wanted trying to finish a creation! 

I experimented. I tried pens, zen doodles, coloured pencils, watercolour pencils and crayons, a few kind of pastels, several kinds of paint, pencil and charcoal.

I surprised myself with the ideas I came up with and with what I created!!

Here are the last few:


Tuesday: Inspired by my Nutcracker collection "Herr Drosselmeyer"...




I never thought I'd complete the full year. But the more I did, the more I felt I had to continue and finish 2010. Will I do the same in 2011? Not the same, no.

I joined CED2011 but I won't have books of daily creations and I might not do things daily. I discovered I wanted to work on bigger projects and these little ones left no time in my already busy schedule for that. And the big projects can't be completed in a day. But I also found that I like creating and I want to continue and expand on it.

Most of all I discovered wonderful artists in the blogosphere and made new friends. What an amazing community you are!! The news is filled with negativity but I am in awe of all the warmth and positive forces that exist in this creative group. Thank you all for your comments and encouragement.

I look forward to seeing what you will all create in 2011!!!

P.S. I will write about my new Word of the Year for 2011 soon but I am focusing on finishing up the remaining SBP pages for the Sketchbook Project - due soon!

P.P.S. Do you choose a Word of the Year?

P.P.P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!! May it be a happy, healthy, prosperous and creative 2011 for you!!!



  1. Great effort in 2010. All for the best for 2010, Have a great new year Eva.

  2. Hey Eva, well done, what a huge challenge and so fantastic you did it all year, wow!! I'm sure that it helped you grow as an artist and opened up your mind to so many new possibilities! Thank you for your encouragement on my work this last year and I look forward to seeing you continue to grow and blossom with your art! :o) xoxo

  3. I have to say I am in awe of what you accomplished in 2010! I have trouble managing to post something once a week! Thank you for introducing me to the zen technique, and for always having such wonderful things to say every time you visit. I wish you the very best in 2011 and look forward to your larger pieces!


  4. Hi Eva! Happy New Year and congratulations on a year of creativity; well done! Working daily is a huge step in being creative, me thinks. Isn't it wonderful how the more you do the more you want to do? I enjoy your projects and look forward to seeing what you create in 2011! I like Herr Drosselmeyer! All are fun.

  5. Happy New Year Eva!!!!! What a job well done!!!!

  6. Wahooo, a big congratulations to you! WOW, that does take self determination. Yay for you.

    I must say I love the Herr Drosselmyer and the ice skating(wedensday).

    what an accomplishment!
    a very happy new year to you! it's been great to meet you! looking forward to 2011 with you!

  7. What a great success story. It just goes to show how much we can achieve if we put our hearts into it. I know what you mean about this wonderful bloggy arty community. It means so much to be a part of it, I know I wouldn't be where I am today without all the support and encouragement. It's also great to just sit down at your computer and have all these virtual friends to visit it just from a few clicks of your fingertips.
    Happy New Year to you.
    My word for 2011 is PUBLISHED (ambitious, but possible if I work really hard).

  8. Congrats! What a wonderful creative treasure! I also love this supportive tribe. My word for 2011 is FOCUS.

  9. ... if you work on a big project, day by day, it would be fun to see the progression. Maybe you could share your works in progress :)

  10. What a fabuous project! What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! Well done!

  11. What a wonderful creative year you've had! I look forward to seeing your creations in 2011.


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