Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Doodle 365 - One year

Well... here we are, 365 days, 365 doodles (and paintings and change).

A year has passed, and I can't quite believe it. My life has changed so much in just mere months, and it continues to change from one week to another.

We moved towns, quit jobs, found jobs, a new home... practically a new life. I started to draw again for fun and even painted.

My drawing hand is getting better and better by the day and I can feel the confidence in my lines returning.

I now can draw for over an hour without breaks, paint and somehow I can feel the nerves in my hand getting used to the idea that I am not going to stop.

A year ago I thought I was alone, that nobody but a couple of people would care if I never created anything ever again, but you all proved me wrong, you cheered for me, a total stranger, you followed along and believed in me.

That alone is incredible and wonderful.

This year is just the beginning, because I intend on keeping this blog going, I have projects, ideas, doodles, paintings and even sculptures I have started to plan or execute, and you are all invited along for the ride.

Thank you so much for being there for me, for reading, commenting, playing along. Thanks for extending a hand of friendship, thanks for caring.

Today I decided on updating a doodle, the doodle that seems to be associated with this blog the most, the doodle of a forlorn lady and a kitten.

I never explained the story behind it, the one sentence that kept going through my head while I drew it was: "No news yet?".

The lady was a magic user, the cat her familiar bringing nothing to report... but I heard you all, and your messages touched me, your words propelled me.

I have an epilogue post for tomorrow, and my painting will keep on going.

So, thanks for the past 365 days, keep on visiting, because this project is now officially on track for another year, I just will be updating twice a week instead of daily, because I need a small break here and there lol.


Laura P. said...

You go, girl! We are all so proud of you! Thanks for inviting us along on this journey. It's been wonderful to see you regain your abilities and confidence in your work, and I for one am looking forward to seeing what happens next! God's blessings to you!

Maria said...

I have one word YAY! I have loved looking at your art everyday and am excited for another year keep on keeping on:)

Scraps said...

Congratulations of meeting your first year goal and all the progress you've made!!! Best of luck to you in the coming year :)

Mrsblocko said...

You are awesome! I've enjoyed your daily drawings. Glad you're going to still be posting your art!

One Reader said...

Congratulations on making it through a whole year. Your art has been inspiring to watch. I hope your confidence and strength continue to improve. I will definitely be staying tuned in.

Moonlup said...

Congratulations on a year of artwork! It's been lovely to watch you work, and I'm looking forward to the beautiful pieces that are still coming. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you.

Andrea said...

You are awesome! I'm so glad I was able to follow you through this journey and on to the next!

LeAnn Woodward said...

Can I just say how amazing you are? Serioulsy! I have loved following you for most of this past year and I am so thankful that Jen pointed me here!

You have amazing talent and you are such a great person! I will continue checking in and I'm good with twice a week updates as I often find myself having to go back and see what I missed! :)

Congrats and I can't wait for the next 365 days!

Marebabe said...

I’ve been wondering what you would do when you reached your one-year goal. I’m so glad that you are continuing this blog. Congratulations for sticking to your commitment, even in the midst of moving! And when you were sick! And on the days when you just didn’t feel much like drawing. I’m glad to hear that you’ve developed strength and endurance along the way. Even gladder that you’ve experienced some healing. And I’m looking forward to all the doodles yet to come! :)

hello haha narf said...

thrilled to read this post! i've been quietly cheering you on, ohhhhhing and ahhhhhhhing at each doodle which seems so effortless for you and impossible to a girl with no artistic talent. it is exciting to know that you accomplished what you set out to do and brought so many smiles to invisible internet friends. congrats!

Sparkles McCloud said...

Congratulations Saudade!! It has been a true pleasure following your daily drawings & art. Thank you so much for doing this!!

Jan said...

Hip Hip Hooray! for both making your goal and continuing on! Can't wait to see all the ideas you have ahead of you! You make us as happy as we make you.

charissa said...

What a lovely and delightful accomplishment! Looking forward to seeing how your life evolves in the upcoming year, thank-you for sharing your gift with us all.

Brooke said...

You made it! Congratulations! And I am so glad I was a part of it - and so excited that you plan to keep it going! My blog reading would feel a bit empty if yours just completely disappeared!

Now I'm off to officially add your blog to my reader so I don't miss any posts. (With the everyday posting I never really needed to add it.)

Jennifer said...

WTG! I look forward to the next years journey with you. :-)

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me... a random person halfway across the country. I have loved watching your drawings become more confident and more complex as the year has gone by.

Thank you also for sharing your story, including the epilogue (which I've already read). Your story is very strong, and has helped me, and others to have courage to improve, despite hard circumstances. You really ARE awesome! Don't ever forget that!!

IMQTPI said...

Congrats on making the One-Year Goal! And THANK YOU for allowing us to tag-along on your journey!

You've inspired me to expand my drawing horizons - a little (I've graduated to ink! Much more of a "commitment" than pencil!).

I have to say that, personally, I feel like I'm still stuck at your "Starting Point" because I am physically prevented from pursuing art in my "preferred medium" (clay) due to health issues (which the #$%^ doctors can't seem to figure out!). And I've experienced some pretty "dark days" because of it.

Your blog has definitely brought me inspiration and kept be from feeling *too* dark - if you know what I mean (and I think you do!)

So THANK YOU for that!

I look forward to more posts and inspiration in the days, months, years ahead!

Thanks again!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It's so cool to see the year finish out. I'll be keeping your blog on my list of reads.