As you know, I’ve been drawing/painting strangers in an effort to improve my emerging sketching skills.
Seems that no matter what I do, I gravitate towards a whimsical palette.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I’m learning that I have a style as an artist, just as I have a style as a writer.
I sketched “Helene” at my local Barnes & Noble, and while she was flattered to have sat as my subject, she refused to be photographed.
At first I was disappointed. After all, I’d hoped to include real life photos along with my sketches.
But then I realized that Helene gave me a gift.
By not including her real-life photograph, I am able to appreciate that – somehow – I managed to capture the essence of Helene.
According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours or roughly 10 years, to become a genius at something.
Not bad for 80 hours in.
How have you challenged yourself lately?
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