Thank You Bad Drawings!


Every Friday I write the 20 Minute Club Minutes–because using a timer for what I call the 20 Minute Technique can keep your creative momentum going in your busy, time-crunched life–20 minutes at a pop.

Please join in and share your 20 Minute Experiences in the Comments–good/bad, it’s all fair game, because sharing your experiences about the process is a great way to increase your creativity.


From Bad to Good

In my first 20 minute action of the week, I tackled one of my very bad drawings from last week.

It’s now no longer “bad”–I think I’ve inched it up to hmmm…..adequate/ordinary.

Ah well. Now it’s off the wall and I started something new–and I’m a lot happier with this one.

My latest piece is about 3′ x 6′ and I’m calling it Cave Painting 1–even though it’s really a collage/drawing and not a painting at all.

What makes me happy about this big piece is that it’s about the same theme that my terrible drawings from last week were trying to be about–but weren’t.

It’s like my bad drawings cleared the way for this new drawing/collage to come into existence.  So I’d like to thank those bad drawings for taking one for the team like that!

My new piece feels cleaner, right-er, easier. And much closer to expressing what is in my heart right now.

I feel relaxed and happy about what I have done so far–even while having no idea what I need to do next.

And so it goes.

And LOTSA Collages

One of my favorite things about my Creative Breakthroughs Tele-class, is that it gives you lots of things to work on the rest of the week–20 minutes here and 20 minutes there.

So much better than starting from scratch!

And that’s what happened with this week’s class. Since I create my own collages as I teach the class, I’ve now got 3 new “almost done” pieces to think about and respond to now myself.

It’s great to wander by one of my pieces and immediately start thinking arty thoughts. Laying a piece of torn paper down here, an old button there…listening to each piece–asking them what they need.

If you take the class, you should consider keeping your pieces out in different places–in your foyer to look at right before you leave the house, by the kitchen sink, against the window in the bathroom, or next to the bed to ponder for a minute or two before you go to sleep–and then first thing when you wake up.

This thinking and looking is a big part of weaving your creative endeavors into the fabric of your daily routine–it gives you the artistic life you’re wanting. Makes you feel like yourself.

It feels good.


Appreciating yourself is an important part of the 20 Minute Club because it helps you keep your creative momentum going.

Carving out the time to create is important of course, but it’s not enough. Getting (and eventually staying) on your own side is a critical factor for helping you take bigger risks with your work, get yourself out of a creative rut, or just enjoy the process more.

Taking the time to remember to appreciate yourself and all your efforts (big or small, creative or not) is a powerful way to make this happen.

Here’s my five self-appreciations for this week:

I appreciate that I changed my plans to let myself have big fun this week–yay!

I appreciate that I cleaned my studio and gave myself room to work on my latest piece.

I appreciate that I juggled several big projects in one day with more success than I thought I would-which gave me some added confidence for the next time.

I appreciate that I came up with a system to organize my different creative projects that might actually work!

I appreciate that I made a vision board for my digital collages–and one of the things I wrote on it was to have a “simple solution (that I liked) for making my pieces bigger”–and the simple solution arrived shortly thereafter.  (As soon as I made room in myself for the possibility that the solution could be simple–almost immediately after writing that word in fact–I could feel a shift. Very cool.)

Your Turn

How did your creative week go? Are you affected by the weather? Was it hard to create in the heat or do you like that? Have you gotten a timer yet? Still thinking about it? Please share, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. paula lewis says:

    Thanks for this great follow-up post. I had a day of missteps in my studio last weekend. My daughter is back in the hospital now, so I have lots of time away from the studio to analyze and learn from those (temproarily) failed efforts. It is perfect timing to have had a bad studio day when I did – Jess’s illness keeps those disappoitments in perspective and the need to figure out what I can do better helps keep me from watching her monitors all day long. Everyone needs art. Thank you for your good effort to make it accessible to all.

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