It's nearly halfway through May but my Make Good Year project for this month is a bit different than the rest. This time I'm focusing on footwork instead of handcraft. We're taking salsa lessons. I'm still continuing with my sewing as well. And of course there's the 100 Day Project which I'll do a roundup of the latest at the end of this post.
Dancing might not be a handcraft but it is a creative process nonetheless and I think when you challenge yourself, especially head to toe with dancing, you will grow. You'll discover inspiration and you'll be able to rip up the dancefloor. Okay, maybe not rip it up but hold your own at least.
I like to think the growth expands beyond the dancefloor. Stylistic flair, partnership, movement, flow, rhythm, improvisation and moving your muscles in a new way...all of this related to what I do as a designer and illustrator. Here's to hoping salsa bring some unexpected growth to my work at the computer and in the sketchbook.
By the way, one of my very favorite books on creativity is by a dance. Ms. Twyla Tharp, check it out.
Now for that roundup of recent 100 Day project entries and after that roundup, a bonus watercolor I painted of one of my favorite destinations along with a brief reveal of my May Book of the Month.
For May, I'm reading Raymond Carver's short story collection Where I'm Calling From. I have never read his work before and am hooked already. And after the book, a watercolor of beloved Guanajuato. If you have never traveled to this UNESCO world heritage site, you really must.