InkTober Starts here

I mentioned in my last post, that I would share my expectations about the InkTober challenge and how I have prepared myself for this challenging competition.

Here we go!

First of all, I have put together my “toolbox”. I have assembled my pen collection, which I am very happy with.  I won’t use a sketchbook and will be drawing on 50 X 70 cm (20″ X 28″) size papers.

My art supplies for InkTober

Like many others, I haven’t prepared drawings in advance of the start of the challenge. I intend to produce one drawing a day and will begin tomorrow. – I’m slightly concerned that I won’t have the strength and creativity to keep drawing non-stop for whole month but I’m sure that what I’m feeling is just pre-challenge nerves!

I’ve not drawn with ink pens before so I had some practice today. Here is the result.

Shorena Ratiani

Everything or nothing will be my motto for the month of October. My #InkTober goals are:

  • Don’t miss a day – create 31 finished drawings in 31 days, in a medium I have never worked with until today (OMG).
  • Become super organized and share my artworks on my website and social media channels.
  • Don’t get Covid-19 – I can’t explain to doctors why I need to drag all my messy drawing equipment into quarantine.
  • Stop watching and reading political news (we have a national election at the end of the month – it’s too distracting! I need to fully concentrate on my drawing.
  • Remember to reassure my diva cat that she still comes first!
  • Become super-fast and don’t waste too much time on unnecessary things, especially cooking and eating. Note: My goal IS NOT that my family has a #31daysoffastfood challenge or #Starvtober but it is a possibility!
  • Survive #InkTober and stay happy.
  • 08:00, October 31, 2020 – vote (parliamentary elections will be held on this day)
  • 10:00 a.m. come back home, finalize and post my 31st drawing and sleep (sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!) for the next 3 days
  • And the last and main thing – keep up this crazy working speed for the whole of October and then look forward to InkTober2021 (and do it all over again)

About the challenge I’m going to post here – on my website, my almost forgotten Instagram account, WHI, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook page I’ve just created several days ago.

I hope you follow my daily progress. Wish me luck!


I’m Back and ready to challenge myself

I’m back after a 7 month break from my art, during which I concentrated on helping my son to prepare for his university entrance exams. I am delighted to tell you that he was successful and is now studying psychology at the Georgian National University. I’m so happy for him but also for myself because I’m now free to return to my old lifestyle and start painting and drawing again! 

I painted so infrequently during the last seven months that I feel I have a lot of pent-up artistic energy to release! It feels great to have a paint brush in my hand again. This is one of the first watercolors I completed following my self-imposed exile from the art world.

One of the things that I have been looking forward to is participating in the well known drawing challenge InkTober. I will be making one drawing a day for the whole of October and will post my drawings on social media channels.

Inktober is a month long art challenge created by talented artist Jake Parker in 2009. The challenge is to improve personal drawing skills and develop positive drawing habits. InkTober starts on October 1, and finishes on October 31.

Thousands of artists, even people who never ever tried to draw, take part in the challenge every year. In fact, Parker turned October into a month of continuous art celebration.

There are several rules to follow if you decide to take part in this wonderful challenge:

Participants have to create ink drawings and post them on social media – for example, on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr., Twitter, etc. The hashtags #inktober and #inktober2020 make it easier for your art to be seen by a wide audience.

You should produce a drawing every day but you can decide when to post your creations – for example, every single day (1 drawing), once in three days (3 drawings) or once in a week (7 drawings). It’s up to you.

By clicking on the above mentioned tags you can see and enjoy what others are creating.

Before the challenge starts, an official prompt (topic) list is posted on the InkTober website and social media.

Here are the prompts for InkTober 2020.

The challenge is called InkTober so creating ink drawings is the norm but you can also make pencil underdrawings. A lot of artists add a splash of color to their artworks and I’ll do this too 🙂

What do I expect from this challenge? I’ll write about that later. Today I’m busy setting strict targets for myself to make sure that I complete the challenge 🙂 But one thing is clear – InkTober is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to challenging myself!

I honestly don’t know how my InkTober will pan out, especially as it will be my first “inking experience”. Wish me luck!

I wish you a fun experience if you decide to take part in this art challenge!

Seventh Heaven

Hello lovelies. I hope you are doing well. Just finished working on my digital artwork ‘Seventh Heaven’ and want to share with you. I hope you like it 😃

Please check out my Digital Art album to see more abstract and figurative artworks as

I hope you found something interesting while you were here. Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions! My contact information can be found on my ‘Keep in Touch’ page.

Come back soon and bring your friends here by sharing 



Third Painting from ‘Mystery Sisters’ series: Miriam

I would like to share third painting from my ‘Mystery Sisters’ collection I have been working on for nearly 6 months.

The collection consists of 12 paintings.

I posted some work-in-progress photos of several paintings in this collection earlier last year. You can view them here.

The second ‘Mystery sister’ I’m sharing is called ‘Miriam, the flowering lady’.

Title: Miriam
Collection: Mystery Sisters
Medium: Acrylic on Cardboard
Dimensions: 50 X 70 cm (20″ X 28″)

These are some closeups of my painting.

See you tomorrow with another painting.