The best way to learn something and be very good at it, is to do it as often as possible, immerse yourself into that which interests you. Liz Steel said “there is quality in quantity” and so I wanted to challenge myself to draw/paint daily for 100 days, to get better at it, and I have failed by day seven. Outstanding job!
Cheese board and a glass of wine can wipe away tears:
Heck! when life got busy, I had to face it, deal with it, then I landed on my bed face down, feelin’ like I was hit by lightning and all went black. How the hell do parents survive? Hmm…What drawing? What brush? Well, I might have been using them while dreaming.
Next day, I have bounced right back into sketching. Veggies from the garden make an excellent subject, and I sketched this:
I also know how important our self talk is, and I’ve rephrased now my “100 days challenge” to a more reasonable bunch of letters that I call “high awareness sketching on the long run”. All of a sudden, some big walls collapsed, and my inner child said : “now I can play freely, thank you!”.
Home made food is also a high priority for us, and we spend a significant amount of time cooking from scratch, using lots of fresh fruits and veggies: here we tried our first at baleadas hondureñas! Boy, those were very yammy!
- I have great energy/ creative juices in morning and noon, later in the evening is harder to pick it up – Canada’s endless winter and a job with a few deadlines every week contribute here;
- The “challenge” word may be ok for some, but my inner gentle nature needs encouragement, lots of love and support for blooming purposes;
- I never half-ass something, and would never half-ass a sketch, just like you would never half-ass meditation. Sketching is active meditation, by the way!
- Sewing is for me as important as sketching, and I have neglected it for a while now. I have to get ready for my trip next month.
- Spontaneous joy and ideas are like fireworks, when I allow myself to experiment / fail at it, versus playing safe on the page! This is a big one for me. I might need to add this on my bathroom mirror.
- Cris’s endless love, support and understanding are for me the most precious gifts a girl could ever receive. There is no critic in the house, we fired the dude! Everything is an ongoing learning experience.
Here is a house I have sketch today during lunch time, from a picture we took while venturing around town, when summer was still in the air. I am not so happy with my sky, but I looooove the tree and the house.
There is no failure when you can pick yourself up from the ground, no failure when there is a lesson for you to learn, no failure if Sun comes up the next morning to warm your face, and mine. Everything is a learning experience. Your entire life is the most beautiful learning experience!
Keep sketching, or whatever you love doing.