While the first four weeks of 3x5x52 were all about trying new things, the next four weeks probably look a bit like I phoned it in. Watercolour and linework is so totally in my wheelhouse that it’s practically my default position. Did I just stop pushing myself to try new things (one of the goals of this project)? Did I let my guard down and just settle back into my comfort zone? Is it even a comfort zone if I’m still learning?
Some thoughts on these questions:
- I needed that four-week watercolour + ink stretch after all the collage work of weeks 1-4. Collage hurts my brain, you guys. And my hands. I find it so totally intense and fascinating and I love the outcome but the process? Painful. I’d put that in all caps if I was given to that sort of thing. Doing collage work is thoroughly grueling for me, and not in a good way.
- I need to work on composition. Seriously. Drawing random patterns helps because it forces me to be deliberate about every mark, every line, everything I include, everything I leave out.
- I need to work on colour. Can I just leave it at that? I honestly don’t know where to start on this one other than I need to just keep working with colour until I find my groove. My colour wheel continues to be a god-send. I’m also eying the color theory classes on Skillshare.
Given all this, I’ve decided to not beat myself up. You know what I keep coming back to? Something my friend Crystal said about sharing your work, even the stuff you’re not proud of, in a blog post about her daily drawing project last year:
“This isn’t a portfolio. This is a learning process.”
I’ve written that on the first page of every one of my sketchbooks since. Thanks for that, Crystal! Cosign.