Along with my lessons in re-learning to draw, I’m following along with prompts from the Autumn Art Challenge at The Inspiration Place. When I signed up to participate, I was intending to paint each day — maybe using watercolor, maybe with oil.
But then I changed my mind. I can always go back and paint from the daily reference photos. Right now I want to use those photos for drawings — it’s a way of pushing myself just a bit beyond the exercises I’m doing in Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner.
Pushing myself is a good thing, I’ve learned. When I push myself to do something that I know is slightly beyond my abilities, I don’t worry so much about making mistakes. I don’t strive for perfection.
Here’s the drawing I made today. It’s far better than I could have ever done two years ago, so from that perspective, I’m pleased with it. Overall, it’s not great. I have misshapen pumpkins with gigantic, over-sized stems, and I got far too heavy-handed with my graphite in places.
Oh, but look at that onion! Now, in the photo of my drawing that I’ve posted here, the onion doesn’t look all that great. But if you could see it in my sketch book, you’d know why I’m smiling about it, why I’m pointing it out, why I’m saying, “Look! Just look at that onion!”
It’s a good onion. It shaped like an onion. The shading actually looks right. I managed to get a bit of the onion-like texture. Yes, it’s a good onion.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my art journey is to celebrate every success, no matter how small. No matter how disappointed I may be in a drawing, it’s still a success for me as long as I can find one thing within it that pleases me.
In this autumn drawing, it’s that onion. I like my onion. I like looking at it and realizing that now and then, I can draw something good. Never mind the rest of it, folks. Just look at that onion!