Join the Simplest Things Challenge!
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
Last year, during all the stress of the pandemic and lockdown, I pondered a simple question: What would happen if I created the simplest thing I could in my journal today?
It’s a pretty radical question, isn’t it?
How often do we have permission to do the simplest thing? To not embellish, to not try to be the best, the most, the first?
The simplest things invite focus. It’s not so much about striving as it is about noticing, slowing down enough to see what happens when you put a bit more water on your brush, watching the way it behaves as it meets the paper and sinks in.
The simplest things invite getting started. When all you need to do is draw a series of lines, or see what happens if you draw a series of overlapping spirals, there’s not so much space for second guessing or making excuses about why you aren’t good enough to do it.
The simplest things invite innovation. A narrow focus is one of the most helpful elements in a creative practice. The more narrow your prompt, the more creative you must be in rendering it in an interesting way. You’ve got to play. You’ve got to explore. You’ve got to make some boring stuff, weird stuff, ugly stuff, to get to the incredible stuff. And in my experience, until and unless you make space for all the blah, the weird, and the bad art, your art will feel more “meh” than “Oh!”
How Does the Simplest Things Challenge Work?
Each day of the challenge, February 7th – 11th, I’ll send you an email with a written prompt and photo inspiration.
Share your work on Instagram with: #createwithamym and #mindfulartstudio
Share your work on Facebook: Comment on my challenge post each day with your work and any reflections you’d like to share about the process.
And it’s free to participate!
For some folks, the challenge is all they need to get a creative kickstart. For others, a little hand holding really starts their creative engines. For you, I’ve created a class called The Simplest Thing Journal. It’s 8 video lessons and a beautiful PDF with tons of new prompts. It will support you in creating simply beautiful work in your journal. When you sign up for the challenge, I’ll give you a 25% off coupon for the class, good through February 11th, 2022!
Approaching things simply has driven my and my students’ art practice forward for years. I’m so excited to help you create simply and get to your best work.