Loni Edwards

Illustration and Paintings in Digital, Watercolors and Ink

A New Year, New Challenges!

12x12 in 2012

Happy New Year! This week was the kick off of a couple of challenges that I am participating in.  One is called 12×12 in 2012. The idea is to create 12 picture book drafts in 12 months.  The 12 month challenge is the idea of author Julie Hedlund. Through her blog posts and those of guest posts, she is going to inspire and challenge the participants. We have a very active Facebook group going also.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, there is still time to sign up! This is a great opportunity, especially for those who participated in PiBoIdMo.

Btw, isn’t the badge adorable?  An artist friend, Linda Silvestri, designed it. Linda’s blog is called Sketched Out. It is a source of humor and inspiration for me.  Please go check it out!



The other project I am participating in is at author/educator Barbara Jean Hicks’ blog, 9 3/4.  It is a group of creatives that will be going through the book, The Artist’s Way together.  It is a book that I have had in my possession a while now, and have attempted a number of times, but never quite finished it.  I am excited to have a group that will help me to stay focused and on track with completing it.

These two challenges are going to be the start of a very productive, creative and successful year for me and my art.  I look forward to sharing it with you!

Happy 2012! 

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  1. pavinee 03/01/2012

    These are very interesting! I’m particularly interested in 12×12 in 2012 but I have zero background of making picture book so I’m a bit nervous to participate.

    As for my own challenge, I’m doing 365 days I draw here >> http://haveamerryday.blogspot.com/search/label/365%20days%20I%20draw

    I skipped a few days in New Year holiday but going to start again now 🙂

    • Loni Edwards 03/01/2012

      Thank you so much for coming to my blog and commenting! What a great challenge of 365 days of drawing. I am looking forward to your posts!

      As for picture books, there are tons of resources to help you guide your way. Including some wonderful books. The main key to it all is the desire to do it. If your muse or little inner voice is telling you, then don’t give in to your fears. Do it!

      We are living in a fantastic age where so much information is at our fingertips. Besides resources we have huge online support groups to help you. You can do it! 🙂

      Happy New Year, and I’ll be watching for your posts!

  2. Heather 03/01/2012

    It sounds like this will be a great year for you in the creativity department! The Perfect Picture Book Friday badge is absolutely adorable, can’t wait to put it on my blog!

    • Loni Edwards 03/01/2012

      Thanks so much Heather! Yes, I am hopeful that 2012 will be my best year yet. I am excited to get going on these challenges as well as my college classes! Lots on my plate, but I am up to the task.

      Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      Happy New Year!

  3. theartofpuro 03/01/2012

    What a wonderful way to begin the new year with new project:)Have a great New Year:)

  4. Jackie Castle 05/01/2012

    I’ve tried reading that book also and have never been able to get through it. I have another one of hers that I’m going to try this year. Something in the title about Water.(I can’t remember off hand)

    • Loni Edwards 07/01/2012

      Yeah I’m hoping that being in a challenge will help me to persevere and get through it. I’ve heard so many good things about people that have completed it.

  5. Eric Van Raepenbusch 05/01/2012


    I am participating in 12 x 12 in 2012 too. It is going to be a great experience. Lots of people supporting each other!

    Your illustrations are great! Looking forward to talking to you throughout the year. I am following you on Twitter now too!

    • Loni Edwards 06/01/2012

      Hi Eric,
      Thanks for the follow! I will follow you back.

      Yes, I have already met new friends from the 12×12 participants. Are you on the FB group too? I will look for your name and add you to my friends on FB. Great to connect with you!

  6. Anamaria 05/01/2012

    Best of luck on your two (make that three!) challenges this year, Loni! I love the idea of 12×12 in 2012 and am going to look into it myself!

    • Loni Edwards 06/01/2012

      Hi Anamaria,

      Thank you! Yes, I have my hands full, plus a full course load this term at college! I am glad you might join 12×12. The FB group is also very active, so be sure to join that also if you decide to jump in 🙂

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