It’s confession time. I’m impatient. But I’m working on it. I’m doing an exercise where I drop a coin loose in my purse and give myself two minutes to find it. I can’t take anything out of my purse except for my sketchbook and notebook.
You’re probably wondering, what does this have to do with art? And the answer is everything. Making good art is as much about slowing down and taking one’s time as it is about actual skill.
Even to this day, I’m in a bit of a rush when I do a piece, especially towards the end when I know it’s almost finished and I just want to get it done.
My art is good, but I know it could be so much better if I developed patience. For example, when I want to make very thin lines with a liner brush, I want to do the line very quickly, but the only way to get those lines to stay nice and thin all the way down, is to do them very slowly. Otherwise, I apply too much pressure and thicken the line.
I'm really getting an opportunity to work on my patience with the drawing i'm doing now. I've scrapped the whole thing, after finishing the subject's face, no less, and am starting over from square one. Just today I erased the whole background and am going to redraw it after having it almost finished.
I rushed through the background in my first attempt and I know I can do better.
Now it’s your turn. How’s your patience? Do you need to work on it like I do?
Painter of portraits and wildlife