Sneek Peek into my journal – Loosely Sparking

Sometimes wanting to be “perfect” stops me from finishing projects.  I’m now too tired to strive for perfection.   I figure it’s time to experiment and remove expectation to get my “spark” back.

I’m comfortable abstractly sloshing paint color around but “drawing” is another matter.  Put a pencil or pen in my hand and I tighten both my grip and expectation.

With that in mind, I purposely held the pencil very loosely and literally scribbled “areas” rather than try to draw perfect lines.  I didn’t bother trying to copy anything, look at any references, decide where the light was coming from or have a plan.  I just scribbled.   I like the looseness of the drawing and taking away expectation of being precise was enjoyable.

Maybe this is a good lesson to apply to other areas of my life . . .

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judy’s journal – Scribbled and scratched in the face with pencil and pastel chalk

Year of the Spark, Carla Sonheim & Lynn Whipple
Year of the Spark, Carla Sonheim & Lynn Whipple

14 thoughts on “Sneek Peek into my journal – Loosely Sparking

  1. “Sometimes wanting to be “perfect” stops me from finishing projects. I’m now too tired to strive for perfection. I figure it’s time to experiment and remove expectation to get my “spark” back.”

    I may just have to post this above my desk. Thank you for the inspiration! I feel looser already.

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  2. I would call this a gestural drawing – flowing and intuitive. When I taught art, I assigned several lessons to encourage kids to learn to draw this way, dumping their artificial expectations and moving toward authentic expression. Your drawing is lovely – please try more.

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  3. It’s rather like the writer/editor thing. We want to wear both hats at the same time and then we don’t get anything done. Do the think and then refine …. Easier said than done sometimes.

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    1. Jamie,
      Your comment is really interesting. When I think about it I like the editing process in writing but not in art. I can edit a piece of writing forever but with art I like it fast and spontaneous and don’t have much patience for detail. hmmmmmmmmmm

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