Like many closet artists out there, I used to draw a lot when I was younger but the number of drawings diminished as the years went by, until now. Now I want to get back at it to rediscover this passion of mine for creative endeavors. In my quest to unleash all that creativity, I decided to make a list of fun ideas to try out, old projects to complete and challenging goals to pursue. It's a bit like what Nicole Balch did with her Lovely Life List, but pertaining to creativity : an ongoing list that will evolve and change with time.

I discovered the art of traveling and drawing through Urban Sketchers and I love it. It's a great excuse to do two of my favorite things :)
  • COMPLETED! fill an urban sketchbook in Las Vegas 
  • COMPLETED! fill an urban sketchbook in Toronto
  • COMPLETED!!! participate to an urban sketcher symposium
  • COMPLETED!  Organize a sketching field trip in Niagara Falls

  • Organize a sketching field trip to a winery 
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Paris
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Malta
  • fill an urban sketchbook in San Francisco
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Monaco
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Montreal
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Ottawa
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Barcelona
  • fill an urban sketchbook in London
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Ibiza
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Athens
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Rome
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Cairo
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Rome
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Vancouver
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Santorini
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Tokyo
  • fill an urban sketchbook in New Orleans
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Scotland
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Madrid
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Dubai
  • fill an urban sketchbook in Copenhagen


    Talents are useless if you don't work at it. Just like an unused muscle, it atrophies over time if you don't exercise it. Will Smith once said "Talent you have naturally. Skills are only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft". And it's usually people that work for hours on their talent that accomplish great things. "There’s no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you’re not skilled. If you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day, you’ll never be able to communicate with people - with your artistry - the way that you want." With that said, I need to keep drawing to get back to the level I once was and go beyond. Therefore,  I give myself challenges as listed below.  
    • COMPLETED! 50 Reddit Gets Drawn Portraits
    • COMPLETED! Create a sketchnote for all the 2013 TGIM videos
    • 50-100 Animal connection portraits
    • 50 Torontonians public figure portraits
    • Toronto Subway Musicians
    • Complete themed sketchbooks

    I have A LOT of those projects to be finished someday in the future (Damn you Resistance!). It's okay, now that I better understand the cause of it, I'll complete them one by one.  I'll just put a couple tasks to start so that it doesn't become too overwhelming.
    • Vegas trip photo album
    • New Orleans trip photo album
    • Ibiza trip photo album
    • Earl Nightingale sketchnotes

    Stepping out of my comfort zone is becoming more and more important to me as I discover the benefits of doing such things. By essentially facing my fears and discomfort, I get to grow and discover new things about myself and others. 
    • COMPLETED! start taking life drawing classes/workshops
    • COMPLETED! try canvas painting
    • try screen printing something
    • spray paint a large mural
    • Make pottery art / take a pottery workshop
    • Make a mosaic art  / take a mosaic art workshop
    • Do paper marbling (Ebru)


    I once learn from watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians that every year Kim and Kris write a list of goals of things they want to accomplish and then increase their challenge for that year and proceed to working on achieving them. I love that idea. Here's to taking things to the next level.  
    • Exhibit for Nuit Blanche
    • COMPLETED! Exhibit in public places
    • COMPLETED! Organize a group art show 
    • COMPLETED! Self-publish a collaborative book
    • COMPLETED! Self-publish a coloring book
    • Make and sell fine art made by me
    • Create public art installations for the city
    • Transform a room at the Gladstone Hotel 
    • COMPLETED! Illustrate for a books to be published
    • COMPLETED! Design the layout for books to be published
    • Make murals
    • Contribute to DONDA projects


    I found out about these group of people who give away their art in a way that will make someone smile and in a way, help make the world a better place.  There are so many great ideas to pick from online, below are some I find inspiring and would like to try. 
    • COMPLETED! Leave pieces of artwork for strangers to keep
    • COMPLETED! Donate painting to a non profit
    • COMPLETED! Sell painting for charity
    • Beautify / decorate/ makeover a community space