September 28, 2023


Make Some Fun

Let me introduce you to Griselda

3 min read

I’ve been doing one thing currently that stirs up my discomfort in a giant manner.

I’ve been being a newbie once more.

Determine drawing.

There are some nice web sites, like Line of Action and Quickposes, the place you may arrange timed observe periods.

60-second poses of nude figures, for instance.

I took determine drawing lessons manner again in… 1995, I believe it was..?

It’s straightforward to fall down the outlet of berating myself, imagining how proficient I’d be now “if solely” I’d saved at it for the previous twenty-five years!

Beating myself up for on a regular basis I’ve “wasted” not determine drawing for even simply ten minutes a day.

However in fact it’s ridiculous to go down that path.

To begin with, there’s nothing I can do now to reclaim that “misplaced” time.

And second of all, the time wasn’t wasted.

It’s not like I used to be sitting round twiddling my thumbs! I used to be merely targeted on different issues.

Like studying calligraphy.

And jazz singing.

And the numerous different expertise I’ve acquired up to now 25 years whereas I used to be busy not turning into proficient at determine drawing.

However now I’d wish to get higher at drawing individuals, principally so once I do sketchnotes and graphic facilitation I’m not restricted to stay figures that bear no relation to precise people.

Right here is the place I’ve to place into observe all of the rules I discuss on a regular basis.

Like “Suppose course of, not product,” Creative Sandbox Way™ guidepost #2.

Simpler stated than accomplished, when the ego is concerned. And whenever you’ve made your dwelling as an expert artist, it’s onerous to maintain the ego from being concerned!

There’s at all times this a part of me that seems like one way or the other I ought to be higher at drawing than I’m.

Ridiculous, I do know, however there it’s.

And THAT — that thought, that feeling — that may be a gremlin.

After I can determine my gremlin, it now not drives the bus.

Now that I’ve recognized the sensation, the thought, I can label it — the concept that I ought to be higher than I’m; the worry that I’m inferior to I “ought to” be (who says I ought to be good anyway? why do I should be good? all good questions!) — I can provide it a reputation!

I’ll name this gremlin Griselda.

Now I can have a dialog together with her.

I can thank Griselda for her concern (as a result of, in any case, she’s simply attempting to maintain me protected!), and I can ship her off to get a pedicure.

After which I can get again to drawing.

The place I can permit my internal four-year-old to benefit from the course of, and revel in being out of my head for ten minutes.

This observe is turning into my meditation today.

I’m even letting myself off the hook for not becoming in each drawing and meditation on the identical day.

I used to be at a digital convention per week in the past the place the keynote speaker, a graphic recorder, shared that drawing was his meditation. And it occurred to me that, reasonably than attempting to cram journaling, meditating, and drawing in day by day, and feeling badly once I failed, I may let myself off the hook for getting simply ONE of those practices in.


I get to design my life. Different individuals’s lives are completely different, and so they could have robust opinions about what is perfect, or what has to occur in an excellent day or an excellent life observe, however that’s merely their opinion.

I get to find out what works for me. No person else does.

Proper now, I’m experimenting with determine drawing as a meditative observe. Will that be my observe eternally? In all probability not, nevertheless it’s what I’m attempting for now.


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