MATS Bootcamp Editorial 'Meditation' illustration

As ever Lilla had us guessing all month about what the mini assignment would be. And as ever there was a method in her madness. Lilla asked us to draw vintage dolls with a ethnic slant. There is certainly a vintage vibe running through many of her briefs but I decided to run with it.

 These are based on Lilla's own doll collection ....

These are based on Lilla's own doll collection ....

 .....which very much reminded me of Burmese puppet dolls I played with as a child.

.....which very much reminded me of Burmese puppet dolls I played with as a child.

Then I went off at a tangent and started doodling vintage Barbie - there were sooo many to chose from. I loved looking at the different hair styles and fashions, especially the Jackie O look.

 Barbies had attitude...

Barbies had attitude...

Then I hit a utter roadblock when the assignment came through. It was for editorial illustration based on a meditation text about making excuses for not meditating. If you have read earlier posts you'll know that editorial is something I gave up on after the birth of my first child. I was feeling the fear and was stuck stuck stuck. I am now very mindful of only putting out art that I want to attract back ( & be paid for)

The first sunny day for a long time I did actually sit under a tree and watched the world go by for an hour. Several dog walkers came up to ask if I was ill??? But the word that came up over and over was 'allow'. I decided to add this to my piece. I deliberately decided not to use the 'normal' meditation pose but incorporate the 'time' aspect - the time dedicated to meditating.