We are 22 days into October and I have drawn 22 days in a row!! Why? Inktober, that’s why! What is Inktober? Well, Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 to improve his own inking skills. It has since become a worldwide occurrence to celebrate ink and thousands of artists participate each year. Basically, it’s 31 days, 31 drawings. Each day has a word assigned to it and the words are rather random.
Our local Chamber of Commerce tweaked the rules a bit to include pencil drawings, thank goodness! They also added a prize! Participants who post their drawings to Facebook all 31 days with the hash tags #Inktober and #InktoberCarbonCounty will be entered into a drawing.
When I saw the post in late September, I thought, “cool, that’ll be fun.” It’s been so much more than that!
You see, I’m an artist, have been all my life. However, that piece of me was buried for many years. My mother-in-law did not like my art and to avoid the constant judging, dirty looks and rude remarks when she entered my home, I took most of my art off my walls and stored it in the basement. I didn’t paint and rarely even drew for the 10 years I lived next door to her. Since moving to Wyoming in 2009, I’ve been rediscovering that piece of me, uncovering it layer by layer.
What began as a simple, fun exercise has reawakened a part of me in ways I never imagined. I spend 10 – 40 minutes on each drawing. Some words have been easy, others have been difficult. I don’t “love” every drawing and I’m OK with that. That, too, was growth as I used to expect every drawing to be perfect or I’d tear it up! Whether it’s good or bad, I’m putting it out there for the world to see! This simple exercise has also gotten me through some very stressful days. I’ve been able to take the word for the day and create a drawling that represents where I’m at in that moment. For instance, on day 7 the word was “exhausted “. By then I was several days into making my daughter’s wedding dress with a deadline of the 10th! Exhausted was an understatement! This was the drawing I created to reflect that. I was able to smile and let go of the exhaustion in a way that allowed me to continue. The dress turned out beautiful and was a perfect fit.
As October comes to a close, I may have to find a way to continue this on my own. I may not do it every day but I definitely want to continue to feed this part of me!