The daily drawing challenge that I participated in throughout January is over, and now that we have moved on to February, I find that I'm simultaneously missing it a lot and not missing it all. I loved the structure and routine and reason to pick up a pen even if time was short or I needed to be doing something else. And I did -- I picked up the pen and opened up my sketchbook and I drew that day's prompt, every day, for the 31 days.
But now I'm looking forward to the freedom of the days ahead. I have personal projects and sketchbooks to fill and a bunch of work I want to get done, so there is no shortage of things to keep me busy. And now, without the external forces of a "daily challenge" that is driven by someone or something other than myself, I look forward to responding to the internal forces of what I want to be creating. So I'll take the structure and the routine with me and I'll try to apply them to the things I want to draw and paint and create.
The first thing on my list is to create more illustrations for my Etsy shop. I'm happy that the ideas are coming and the list of potential projects is getting longer, but now I need to not get lost in the list of ideas, and instead take things one at a time. I can get paralyzed by all the available options sometimes (adding things to my Netflix queue rather than actually watching anything is one non-painting example that comes to mind), so I'm going to feel my way through February, set some goals, and do the work. And we'll see how it goes.