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We'll be chatting to Emma (with a British Sign Language interpreter) on ⭐️ Instagram Live today at 11am ⭐️ - join us!
"Hi. I'm Emma. I'm a blind wheelchair wheelchair user, joyful participant of The January Challenge for many years and now happy to call myself an artist and poet.
Having had a lots of negative feedback about my art at school, I never even thought about being creative. When I lost almost all my eyesight 8 years ago I had to get used to a new way of living, one of the things I decided to try was art. I know that sounds like the most crazy idea, but I slowly made my way to abstract abstract painting and digital digital art. Technology gives me huge magnification which helps me see the world and create art; but my lack of sight itself is my biggest creative gift - it removes my ability to doubt myself. That removal of doubt is the focus of my challenge to you.”
Emma is working with 64 Million Artists to create a virtual group for people with chronic health conditions and disabilities, who are taking part in The January Challenge. To find out more about the group, watch Emma's video below. Want to join the group?
Find a piece of paper, the larger the better; and a pen, pencil or anything that will make a mark. Hold the pencil and put it somewhere on the paper. Now close your eyes. Draw without thinking about what you're drawing.
Perhaps you'll be inspired by something you hear, or by your own thoughts, or by the texture of the paper. When you feel ready put down your pencil and open your eyes. Try not to judge your art. Just look at it as you would a young child's drawing - What can you see? How do you feel? What story does it tell?
If you have time you can add colour or texture, or draw some more details on it. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself and try not to worry about the result. “I create because I love to create. Do you feel brave enough to share your art with a family member, friend or colleague?”
Ffindia ddarn o bapur, gorau po fwyaf, a beiro, pensil neu unrhyw beth fydd yn gwneud marc. Gafael yn y pensil a'i roi rywle ar y papur.
Yna cau dy lygaid. Paid twyllo. Dw i'n addo y bydd yn well os nad wyt ti'n sbecian o gwbl. Darlunia heb feddwl beth rwyt ti'n ei ddarlunio. Efallai bydd rhywbeth ti'n ei glywed yn dy ysbrydoli, neu daw'r awen o'th feddyliau di dy hun neu o deimlo'r papur. Efallai byddi'n poeni dy fod yn creu rhywbeth diwerth ac am roi'r gorau iddi; ceisia beidio poeni, a dal ati.
Pan fyddi'n teimlo'n barod, gosoda'r pensil i lawr ac agor dy lygaid.
Ceisia beidio â barnu dy waith celf. Edrych arno fel y byddet ti ar lun gan blentyn bach. Beth wyt ti'n ei weld? Sut wyt ti'n teimlo? Pa stori mae'n ei ddweud?
"Dw innau'n creu am fy mod yn hoffi creu.
Wyt ti'n ddigon dewr i rannu dy waith celf ag aelod o'th deulu neu â ffrind neu gydweithiwr?"
What inspired your drawing and how do you think it could inspire others?
Share your response with friends and family and invite them to join in!
Share your responses with #TheJanuaryChallenge #64MillionArtists on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Read our top tips for accessible sharing on social media here.
A note from 64 Million Artists:
There is no wrong or right way to take part in The January Challenge. People take part in all sorts of ways! Here are some examples:
- Sharing the challenges with your community group or workplace and creating responses together
- Creating a WhatsApp group with friends or family to share responses
- Sharing responses on social media in our friendly Facebook Group, or on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #TheJanuaryChallenge
- Individually, keeping responses to yourself
There is no pressure to complete the challenge everyday of the month, if simply reading the prompt brings new thoughts each day, or you create a physical response 31 days of the month, we encourage you to take part in a way that works best for you!