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!