Acceptance that everything isn’t going to be perfect – Day 31

Today’s contribution to my “365 days of drawing” is a quick sketch that I did during a meeting today. I was only an observer in the meeting. Since I had my iPad with me so I took the opportunity to do a sketch of the stunning chandelier in the historical council chambers at City Hall. It is a really beautiful building and the chandelier is a real showpiece. This sketch doesn’t do it justice.

And that was today’s challenge. I don’t like to think of myself as a perfectionist (although I’ve been labelled that in the past) but I do have high standards and I expect a lot of myself. One of the reasons I have been reluctant to pursue my art professionally is that I am my own worst critic. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things ‘perfectly’….to do drawings and paintings that meet my own very high standards.

Today I sketched quickly during the meeting and then worked on refining it when I got home. And then I forced myself to stop. I’m still fighting the urge to open the Brushes app and go back to it to fiddle some more.

I am working to get comfortable with the idea that my artwork doesn’t always have to be in a ‘perfect’ state and that every sketch I do allows me to learn and grow. I want to stop pressuring myself to do things a certain way and open myself up to new experiences…and to failure…since that’s really when we learn the most in life.

So here is today’s ‘imperfect’ sketch!


6 thoughts on “Acceptance that everything isn’t going to be perfect – Day 31

  1. Karen & Ken Green

    You are doing a wonderful job Brenda, we enjoy checking in each day to see what you have been up to!!! Keep up the good work.

  2. bstonehouse

    When you get it you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. It’s by far the single best tool for my art career and I didn’t even know that it could be!

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