Want to stay sane when working on a big project – take creative breaks

I’m currently super busy with preparing the conference and festival about the concept of time: Celebrating Time. There are all sorts of things that need to be taken care of in various directions. It’s easy to get side tracked, or burnout. Therefore to keep myself focused, and at the same time to give myself time to recover I am taking breaks. After unsuccessful attempt to find a tango partner or kayaking partner, I’ve settled with an online drawing course: Ethno Fun.

Maria, the author of the course, sends me an email once a week with the description of the lesson and plenty of photos that illustrate it. By today I’ve received five lessons, but was able to work on three of those and still haven’t completed the third lesson fully. However, it’s very rewarding. It has been a while since I held a paint brush in my hand and I haven’t really worked with watercolors earlier either. It has been a journey full with different discoveries.

Besides the standard watercolors, we are using tea and coffee as paints and all sorts of natural materials as a ‘brush’, such as feathers, sticks, toothpicks, leaves, ropes, and etc. I’m gradually getting more different brushes and markers and am getting better at using them, well at least that what I think…

Here you can see some of my work that was born during this course, which helps me to unwind and switch off and then to be fresh again.

Lesson 1: Creating the universe and planets

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Lesson 2: The creation particles

Working with tea and coffee

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Lesson 3: Vegetation

Creating the backdrops – my tools:

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Some results:

Adding the vegetation to the backdrops

I still haven’t really finished the third lesson, am moving forward in my own tempo. However, while testing some of my new gear some new forms have emerged. Also adding red tea and chicory as my paints.

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