Isn’t it amazing how quickly good intentions can go flying right out the window? I looked forward to Inktober this year, thinking that I would really do my best, that I would have fun doing it, and that I would improve my drawing skills.
Oh, my! What was I thinking?
My first two days of Inktober drawing were anything but inspired. They certainly weren’t creative by any stretch of the imagination, and while I enjoyed doing my mushrooms and my lunar landing spot, they were nothing more than quick sketches. I didn’t get into that zone or go with any flow. I just hurried through those drawings, eager to be done with it.
Yes, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Inktober frightens me. I’m getting better at drawing, but I’ll never be very comfortable with pen and ink, and right now, I’m feeling really down and discouraged about art.
Lately I haven’t liked anything I’ve done. I’m going through one of those artistic low points where I’m learning a lot but my skills haven’t yet caught up with the knowledge I’ve gained. I’m trying new things, and as often as not, I’m failing. Or so it seems. I know my mistakes and failures are merely steps in the right direction, and that I can’t succeed without them, yet it’s discouraging all the same.
And it’s only the third day of Inktober!
I’m not going to let it get me down. Instead, I’ve resolved to enjoy the process rather than worry about what I draw each day. No one expects me to come up with works of art, so why should I expect it from myself?
So now, having roasted myself — I actually thought of doing a self-portrait for today’s prompt, which in case you’re not aware is roasted — I chose the perennial favorite for the upcoming season.
It’s a chestnut. A member of the Fagaceae family, and please don’t ask me to spell that again. The chestnut itself — the edible fruit — can be peeled and eaten raw, but more often than not, they’re roasted. Roasting chestnuts requires that the fruit is scored first to prevent the chestnut from exploding as it expands.
Those squiggly lines behind it? Just me having a little fun. And Castanea denata is the genus of the American chestnut. So there you have it. Another day, another drawing, another little bit of educational info.
Are YOU having fun with Inktober?