In June my friend Anita invited me to participate in a swap/exhibit put on by Art with a Heart in Altrincham, England. The theme was “In Bloom” so I had to do something with a floral theme.
So I figured, hey, why not? Sure I hadn’t drawn or painted any flowers in a couple of years, but since it was early in June I had all month to practice and it would all be cool. But it wasn’t.
I forgot all about the swap! I got a message reminding me that the cards needed to be in the UK by the end of June. This was one week away. I figured I would need at least five days for the card to get to the UK, so I needed to make something fast.
I rummaged around and sketched and gritted my teeth. Nothing happened. So I just threw up my hands and said, “I give up!” and just let go. I decided I’d loosen up by drawing the impression of a flower and recklessly drew squiggles and then looked for some shadows to play with. Before I new it I had this card.
By just messing around I ended up with something so much nicer than anything I worked hard over. Relaxing and seeing what happens works for me. Why do I not remember that? Ever?
My card made it to the exhibit in time, the cards were displayed through July and I’ll get a lovely card back in the mail sometime soon. All that fuss for nothing.
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Beautiful! We do throw up the worst roadblocks for no good reason. I’ve been trying to do a watercolor a day, where I just paint without pre-planning or thinking about what I’m doing. I’m hoping that will train me to paint loose when I do sit down to do something planned.
I’ll let you know if that works!
Wow. I’m impressed. I can’t do anything without some sort of plan. I’ve been following your progress on your blog. Great paper reviews btw. It’s great to get a sense of how paper will react before I buy it.