The GUT's 30-Day Drawing Habit: Helpful info and deets.
A's to your Q's about the 30 Days, and an opportunity to participate in SCIENCE.
Hellloooo Grown-Ups Table! It’s mid-week of week one of the Grown-Ups Table’s 30-day Drawing Habit experiment.
In addition to our longtime GUT members there are a lot of new folks joining us at The Grown-Ups Table (aka The GUT). Welcome! Heads up to new subscribers: you now have access to all past GUT drawing lessons and assignments, too. If you have any questions about the GUT in general, drop them in the comments. Longtime GUTsters, please join me in welcoming the newbies in the comments and let’s help them get oriented.
Let’s take a step back for a sec.
I realize we jumped out of the 30-day gate with no warning. And while I explained why I wanted to do this experiment in my intro dispatch, I didn’t do the best job explaining how this 30-Day Drawing Habit experiment will work, where exactly to share your drawings, and all that stuff. This dispatch contains all that.
Also, y’all know my work focuses on how drawing impacts our attention, well-being and connection. So I created a little study/survey for folks participation in the 30-day to better understand the impact of this kind of drawing. I’d super appreciate if you’d take 3 minutes and click some boxes. You might even win a bunch of amazing art supplies…
Finally, I randomly featured a few awesome drawings by GUT members at the bottom along with some deeper info on WHY we are doing this exercise first, and some of the science behind it. And with no further ado, the nitty gritty:
The 30-Day Drawing Habit: A little more info.
What exactly do we draw?
In the regular Grown-Up’s Table, every Sunday I offer an exploration/lesson and drawing assignment to GUT members. Then y’all read/explore/draw at your own pace and share your work with one another and talk in the chat.
This month we’re trying something different - a drawing a day for 30 days. Here’s how it will work: every Sunday for 30 days I’ll give you a theme, a lesson and a drawing assignment. I might pop back in midweek (like I am today) to answer questions and offer you a little encouragement and maybe give a little extra assignment to mix things up. As always, this is YOUR time and space to build your drawing practice. So if you feel like saying “Forget you, WendyMac! I want to draw dinosaurs all week!!” seriously nothing would make me happier.
I believe the assignments I’m giving you will help you build a drawing practice and enrich your creative self, and I know that repeating drawing exercises deepens your learning and unblocks/unlocks unexpected internal dimensions. But ultimately all I care about is that we’re all drawing for 10 minutes a day, every day.
Questions? Leave them in the comments.
How do we share our drawings?
For me, accountability helps me do new things. If it’s helpful to you, too, you might want to share your drawings in the GUT art share over in the chat. In addition to providing accountability, it’s also an awesome community where we can ask questions, offer support, and share experiences and observations. If you’re having trouble finding it here’s a little help:
Every sunday I’ll post a new thread in the chat where we can all share our drawings for that week. I LOVE the comments and connections I’m already seeing in there. Everyone is so insightful and honest and supportive and thoughtful and generous. Full disclosure, the art share (AKA Gut community) is one of my favorite parts of the GUT. I’ll be in there, too.
Finally, if you want to share on other social media platforms like Instagram, we use the hashtag #DrawTogetherGUT.
Questions? Pls put them in the comments. Senior GUTs, please help the newbies!