Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2


Keeping a daily art journal has been a challenge ever since school ended in May, but I’m doing my best to at least sketch/draw for few minutes every day. I’ve added color, experimented with new styles, and generally tried to challenge myself while having fun with my favorite ink pen so far, Pigma Micron Archival Ink.

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2

Below are my favorites from the second half of May.

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 2

Do you keep a drawing book, sketchbook or an art journal?

Please share a link to your art – I’m curious about your adventures in art and creativity.

A Quick Lesson In Letting Go


Last weekend we traveled to the beautiful Golden Gate State Park in Colorado, for a quick weekend camping trip. We love those mini escapes into the wild, and have planned many of them throughout the summer months.

The car ride started off as usual, a combination of relaxed conversation and are-we-there-yet whining. Of course, just to challenge the status quo, we made a wrong turn. But we figured it out, and no one even died.

I snapped few pictures (this is when I still remembered I had the camera) – we haven’t been around these parts since last year and I was more than excited for this trip.

“We’re so lucky”, I thought, considering how I love Colorado and even after living here for over 10 years I still can’t get enough of its beauty.

One hour later, and after what I called “a roller coaster road” (shortcuts are fun!), we arrived happily and the kids didn’t even hate the campsite.

It was a good trip.

I was enjoying myself, my all-boy team, the nature.

Few days later, as we were leaving, I finally remembered that I had a camera, and I thought, “what the hell; it’s not or never”. So I had the kiddos climb on top of our already packed up camper, and they posed for me, dirty faces and all.

And that was all the photos I needed.

Turns out I can let go of the need to capture every beautiful moment on camera and simply enjoy experiencing each one of them instead. No countless photos necessary.

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 1


True to my commitment to make art every day, I had lots of fun in May. I’ve been experimenting more with different styles, doing various exercises, adding more color to my usual black and white ink pen drawings, and just enjoying the process more.

My goals in May were:

  • practice and play, instead of obsessing about quality,
  • living a creative life, not a creative finish line,
  • building a creative habit, not a portfolio,
  • experimenting and fun,
  • daily practice (if only for 5 minutes).

Daily Drawing Practice: May Round Up, Part 1

Below are my favorites from the first half of May.

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Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek

Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek

Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek

Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek

Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek Daily Drawing: May Round Up, Part 1 - Joanna Ciolek

Do you keep a drawing book, sketchbook or an art journal?

Please share a link to your art – I’m curious about your adventures in art and creativity.