About Kick in the Creatives
Have you ever wanted to take part in a creative challenge?
Well, now you don’t ever need to miss an online creative challenge again!
This is the place where you can find an abundance of existing online creative challenges all under one umbrella and with some brand new ones added to the mix!
Find creative challenges by month
All you need to do is click on each individual month on the calendar, to find out what challenges are going on during that particular month.
Subscribe for notifications of challenges
And better still, if you subscribe to our newsletter you will receive notifications directly into your inbox, so you never miss out! The best thing about this is that you will be able to go through each month in advance and plan ahead!
And of course, along with these notifications, we will be featuring tips, tutorials, recommended products and sharing lots of other valuable information.
Join our Facebook Group and become part of a community of like-minded creatives who are also taking part in the challenges. This is where you can share your achievements as well as your frustrations… and of course your creations too. And this is also where you will get a sense of accountability.
So come and join us for your most creative year yet…
We can’t wait to see what you create!
Look Who’s Talking…
Tara and Sandra, met by happy accident.
Tara had been listening to a Podcast that Sandra just happened to be being interviewed on, and having her own podcast at the time, she invited Sandra to be a guest.
The two of them quickly hit it off and went on chatting, long after the recording had stopped… And they haven’t shut up since!
Tara was a whizz at idea generation, but having been a graphic designer for 25 years, she had long lost her connection with a ‘real’ pencil.
Sandra, on the other hand, was, and still is, a realism painter, yet she had the inability to just ‘let go’ in her sketchbook.
Over the following weeks, they began setting each other creative challenges.
As a result, Tara rekindled her love for drawing by hand, and Sandra, horrified to be handed a ‘chunky marker’ to draw with by Tara, was forced to let go of her pedantic sketching style and just ‘have fun in her sketchbook.’
It was clear that the two of them as a duo, were a good influence on each other and having finally met in the flesh, they became firm friends.
Knowing the power that creative challenges had held for them, they decided that they wanted to help other people find and embrace their creative side and just ‘have a go.’
So, they created a website, full of monthly creative challenges, and a Podcast to run alongside, which they named, ‘Kick in the Creatives.’
The challenges have been met with enthusiasm by the people taking part. But Tara and Sandra have also been touched by the many messages they have received, sharing how much the challenges were helping their mental health. One message that really struck a chord was from someone who said that taking part in the challenges and making art had helped her through depression. She said her life was now full of colour.
Realism Artist based in East Sussex, England
Much of my inspiration comes from the playful light and distortions of shiny and reflective objects. Focusing on the play of light is a wonderful way of seeing things differently. The object will always look different depending on the quality of light that is hitting it, and that is what I find so fascinating.
I am particularly attracted to warmth and light; the amber glow of a flickering candle against a glass will do it for me every time… And a little tipple in there is always most welcome!
There are two sides to my art… There is the bright, colourful side and in contrast the darker, more pensive side. But hey, I’m a Gemini, so my work is bound to reflect that!
Far from being the ‘tortured’ type artist who wishes to remain mysterious and aloof, like the ones we imagine lunging furiously at their canvases and wearing oversized paint covered smocks – the fact is, I am quite ordinary! Not that my friends or family would agree, I’m sure – But I have never lunged at a canvas in my life (though I once karate kicked one… that painting was baaad!) and I have even been known to paint in my pyjamas!
So, you see? As a person (though I hope not as an artist) I am quite frankly, bog standard!
I could talk about myself as a third party if you like, or even describe myself as an onion with many layers, blah, blah… But the truth is, I am definitely more of a banana than an onion.
I tried hard at one stage to become one of those mysterious type artists that I found so fascinating, but feeling stifled and over-influenced by the modern way of teaching, I abandoned art school and decided that there is only one way (for me) to become an unfeigned artist and that is to paint from my heart, the way it comes naturally.
So, against most of today’s teaching methods, I embraced the traditional way of oil painting. Fell in love with it actually. And I won my first award in 2016. Since then, my work has been published multiple times and my paintings hang in private collections around the world.
Artist and Graphic Designer
Contemporary Artist based in Northamptonshire, England
Painting semi-abstract faces is my passion. I like to portray what is going on behind the eyes as well as the face that I see in front of me.
When we see a person’s face, we make assumptions about them. Wouldn’t it be easier if there was a little character telling you what was going on inside?
When I was about five years old I dreamt of being a famous artist. Pursuing my passion I went to art college and I loved my first year. With the realisation that I didn’t have a booty like Beyonce, I abandoned thoughts of fame and went on to become a graphic designer. But like an itchy jumper your nan knitted, it never quite fit.
After 25 years of creating digitally, I had lost my passion for creating by hand and I thought it had gone forever. But then I started a podcast to learn about other people’s creativity and through that, I met Sandra Busby, an artist I interviewed.
We started setting each other creative challenges and from that moment, I began to draw by hand again…
It wasn’t great at first, it felt weird. However, I realised that not having an undo button meant that quirks and happy accidents breathed life into art.
I set myself a 60-day challenge to find my art style. It was through this concentrated effort that I discovered the art that excited me. I also learned that I could fuse together two of my passions, painting faces and creating characters. Yes, it sounds a little weird, I like that. Doesn’t everyone have a little bit of weirdness inside them?
One last thing… I’m a big scaredy-cat. Would I bungee? No. Would I skydive? No. But when I create, I can be an adrenaline junkie in the safety of my art room.