Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Everyday Matters

or otherwise known as EDM, Everyday Matters is an online sketching support group, of sorts.  I discovered them recently via flickr where there is a pool that members can contribute photos of their sketches into.  EDM  has a very long list (287 so far and counting!) of 'drawing prompts' which I've printed out to give me ideas and inspiration for my doodles.  The creative prompts have been helpful for me in getting back to my love of art.  Here are some of the sketches, and simple watercolors I've done so far, oldest to newest... 

EDM #1 draw a shoe

EDM #136 - Draw or paint something that's alive - a living thing - animal or plant

EDM #34 Draw a fall leaf

EDM #44 Draw an animal - a pet, a zoo animal, a stuffed one

 EDM #116 - Draw something green

Everyday Matters  #287 Draw Something Colorful

Everyday Matters #235 'draw a butterfly'

Today I did this colored pencil sketch 'en plein air' at a park while waiting for Jesse to get out of classes.
EDM #22 draw the moon 

If you are interested in joining the sketchy folk at Everyday Matters here are some pertinent links where you can find more information.  The Yahoo group is FULL of very encouraging artists of all levels, including some impressive authors and professionals too!

The Everyday Matters Yahoo group

Danny Gregory's blog, which EDM grew out of back in 2004

Everyday Matters Flickr group


  1. Wonderful sketches, full of bright colours and loevly lines! Well done !

  2. These are all very good sketches, I really like the butterflies and the colour in the leaf.
    Carry on sketching!

  3. I'm so glad that you are getting active on the message board. Although I like to see the Flickr pool, it is so much better for me to really get to know someone through their messages and blog! I loved the turtle and butterlies especially!

  4. Welcome to the EDM group. This is a great set of drawings. I really like the one of the moon. I'm glad you joined us in the weekly challenges.

  5. These are fantastic sketches! Welcome to EDM! I look forward to seeing more!

  6. Lovely drawings - I have been admiring the way you portrayed the strap on the shoe!

  7. Beautiful drawings! You're awesome with colors, the vibrant colors of the shoes to the wrinkles of the tortoise...(love that tortoise by the way, it's awesome work!)

  8. They are just wonderful, every one! I love the idea of a monthly journal - recording the things of the month that make it special. I might have to steal your idea! nancy p.s., glad you're in edm!