Oil Painting by Sally Tharp This is day 14 of our 30 day creative challenge! To learn more about this 30SAL challenge, click here. We’ve got a playful challenge today, so put away your adult and get your little kid self ready! Set something small and round like a glass marble or an egg on a piece of paper. Place your pencil next to the marble and begin to direct it around the page, making marks on the paper as you push it. Try not to lose contact with the marble or the piece of paper. Do not lift up your pencil. Make a continuous line as you push the marble across the surface of the paper, making varied little pathways across the expanse. Variation: Try other small objects, different drawing tools, and different paper. See how the materials affect your experience, and your marks. Explanation: With this exercise, the artist surrenders control of what the drawing will look like, and focuses their attention on moving the marble instead of making a picture. This kind of drawing can be called automatic drawing, in which the conscious mind is invited to take a back seat, allowing chance and the subconscious to play. A question: Do you think your lines would be more or less interesting if you were to draw them purposefully? Share your drawing on Instagram with these tags: #30sal, #rolypoly Or post to today’s Padlet page.