New drawing challenge starting January 15!

January 13, 2016 in Blog bericht, challenge, Geen categorie by Michelle Dujardin


The new year starts with several new projects. A home improvement to renew outdated parts of my house for example, and perhaps more relevant for you; a Facebook Zen drawing challenge on Januari 15th. Feel free to join the challenge and become a member of our facebook group here.

What is a drawing challenge?

The tradition goes back to februari 2013 when Zen drawing teacher Holger Wendt came up with the idea to take the challenge ‘to draw Zen’ daily. The idea of Zen drawing is not to make a beautiful drawing, but to take the time to see things how they really are. You take time for yourself, to empty the mind, to relax and open the heart. Than you inner artist awakens and beautiful drawings occur by itself.

Many people I speak to say they feel more relaxed, positive and aware after starting the day with drawing a minute or 15. Just 15 minutes to brighten your day and make you feel more connected to the world around you. Because I know from my own experience how hard it can be to take the time to sit down and draw for even 15 minutes, the challenge is necessary again and again to commit myself to drawing. How big will this challenge be for me this time when a bunch of hamers, lots of nails and a bucket full of plaster shouts out my name all the time? There is only one solution to this problem: to draw the things that I am working with. So my personal theme  for this challenge will be ‘home improvement’.

boor kit

Honestly these object are not the first things I think about when I have to pick a subject that I really love. But who knows maybe Zen drawing will make me feel more commited and related to my working materials.

Who know one day you will hear me singing this song while working…

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New Summer challenge: drawing movement

July 14, 2014 in Blog bericht, challenge, pencil drawing by Michelle Dujardin

Tomorrow July 15th we will start with a new Zen drawing challenge: drawing movement!

Drawing moving subjects is a lovely way to let go of the result, let go of your thoughts and finally let go of everything else by seeing and drawing incredibly fast! By drawing daily – sometimes for just 15 minutes or so – you will improve your seeing and drawing skills and feel more relaxed during the day!

Would you like to join us? You are more than welcome to become a member of the Zen drawing Facebook group:

If you would like to get some inspiration, please watch this video about drawing in the city. Yes … (almost) everything moves in the city!

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Drawing faces: September Challenge!

August 26, 2013 in Blog bericht, challenge, pencil drawing by admin


A new drawing challenge is on it’s way! The whole month of September we will be drawing for at least 15 minutes a day.
This will improve your seeing- and drawingskills and quiet your mind. There will be many more advantages, but you will only find out by participating!

This time our objective is to draw the human face. Will you be able to draw faces without judging/ projections of your mind?
Do you have the courage to watch other people closely ? How will you feel when you are drawing people like this? How do you feel when you are asked to make a drawing of yourself?

These are just some of questions you might ask yourself during the challenge.

Feel free to join this challenge on facebook.

drawing faces

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May Challenge has started!

May 19, 2013 in Blog bericht, challenge, pencil drawing by admin

cronesteyn park tekening 2

A new challenge has started! The purpose is to draw 30 minutes every day for two weeks, starting at May 17th.

Even though it has already begun, you can still join us and post your drawings on Facebook:

If you enjoy sharing your drawings and drawing experiences, you might like to join the zen drawing group as well:

I hope to see your drawings soon!



cronesteyn park tekening

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Challenge Feb 13 image gallery

February 17, 2013 in challenge, pencil drawing by Michelle Dujardin

februari 2013


The February Zen drawing challenge has passed, but I guess no one has really stopped drawing! It only made us more addicted to zen drawing!

The drawing group has gathered in this Facebook Community. Please join, if you would like to participate in future drawing challenges or if you would like to follow new drawings.

And take a look at this drawing gallery to see the favorite drawings of the February participants.

The drawing of the reed is probably my best drawing moment this challenge.

The challenge personally inspired me to draw more and use watercolor paint. I will write about it soon!

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Challenge drawings

February 14, 2013 in Blog bericht, challenge, pencil drawing by admin


Recent drawings I made because of the challenge:

vrouwenweg klein

Lemoni slaapt klein

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January 23, 2013 in Blog bericht, challenge, pencil drawing by admin




Holger Wendt has come up with a lovely challenge that I would like to share with you. He created a facebookpage, an open event, that you can join. If you don’t have a facebook account, no problem! You can share your experience on the forum!

Here is the challenge:

Seeing-drawing at least 15 minutes every day for a month.

Start: February 1st, 2013 – Finish: March 1st, 2013

Purpose. To get into the practice of zen drawing, to rediscover it all over again, to become more present in life and to make a powerful reconnection with nature.

Rules: One has the intention to do this every day. If one misses there is no blame. If one succeeds to draw 6 days in a row, one are rewarded (by one self) to draw at least one hour another day.

If one likes, one can publish drawings here every day, or less often. And if one wants to wait publishing:

The 1st of March we publish together comments and one or a few of our drawings here, as a collective and concerted expression of this project. What it might lead to next is a mystery for now..

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