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Well, well, well. It didn’t take me very long to fall off the Art Every Day Month bandwaggon, did it now? Here’s my weekly check-in for my usual What’s Up Wednesday.

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I doodled up AEDM #8 on Friday. Friday’s are my lighter days for computer projects so I can reward myself with a little more hands-on doodling. I was back in the gouache for this, and it was a chance to do exactly what it says. Breathe. Nothing fancy. Just doodling for the therapy of it.

I missed a couple of days of AEDM over the weekend. Our family went on our first geocaching excursion at the WNC Arboretum. Then on Sunday I cleaned up my office a little after church.

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Ok, it was only one little nook that I cleaned… but I finally got some artwork and inspiration on the wall, wiped off the drawing table and put things back where they belong. And yes, this is what my table looks like when it’s “clean.” Don’t judge me, everyone’s level of cleanliness is different!

Anyway, my little inspiration board is my favorite thing right now. I pulled together some color swatches from a few of my favorite designers right now, added a happy note from a friend, and of course, my calendar. Just really really low-res internet prints (I don’t recommend), but the colors inspire me.

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For my AEDM #11, I whipped up this little to-do. I’ve gotten in the habit over the last few weeks (maybe even a month or so?) of adding a little tidbit of inspiration to my weekly to do list. This week, I’m taking over the world. Do y’all remember the Animaniacs? Pinky and the Brain? And every day, they plan to “do the same thing we do every day. Try to take over the world!” It was one of my favorite cartoons back in the day. They just don’t make good cartoons anymore…

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So last night I doodled this for #12. I was up most of the night working on a tough project Monday night, which carried over to many more revisions on Tuesday. It’s been a long time since a project has brought me to tears, but this one did. It happens to all of us from time to time. (Note to self: I plan to write a post about that process when the project is completely done and I see the actual printed piece.)

I was exhausted from not sleeping on Monday, and praying through some things as I was getting into bed (at 7:30pm! Did I mention I was really really tired!?). Doodling is meditative for me. So it’s easy for me to get into a rhythm with patterns and subconsciously doodle while my mind focuses on heartwork. So #12 ended up being a dream catcher. Two-fold meaning there, I suppose. Praying for sleep, yes. But also some goals and dreams and plans. I think it turned out kind of cute.

Wow. What a long post! If you stayed along through the whole thing, you deserve a gold star!! *ding!*

What are you up to on this Wednesday? How are you doing with the AEDM challenge? Are you taking over the world?

Be blessed.
~Stacey

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