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Cosy Cats

13 Jan

It is winter where I live, and that means the central heating is working. If you have cats, the following is probably a very familiar scene. If you don’t yet have cats, lucky you, getting your first cat is a gift of a lifetime (of the cat that is).

Cosy cats

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The importance of selfdiscipline

13 Jan

I was trying to draw my left hand in less than 15 minutes. I gave myself three attempts. Anymore, and there would probably be no point in it, because I would be bored with the exercise and my mind would wander off.

drawing hands

After 7 minutes I could see so many mistakes (especially in the thumb and pink), I just gave up on this drawing.

drawing hands

This drawing of a closed fist gave away my lack of skills even sooner. It lasted 4 minutes until I only saw flaws. My mind clearly was not yet ready to draw. I was still too judgmental.

drawing hands

Then I forgot to push the button on the egg timer, because I was to busy drawing. At that time, I was more into the flow of drawing. There are still mistakes, but not as big as in the earlier drawings.

It seems you need to draw often, but more importantly, regularly. Now I had a good excuse not to draw for two days. On Sunday I ran a half marathon race (21.1 K, or 13.1 miles), partly on a beach, so that evening I was simply too tired to do anything. The next day, I just managed to write a descent race report on my Dutch language blog, after which my creative energy was depleted.

Sometimes life gets in the way, and you just have to deal with what happens to come across your life’s path. Just be prepared to suck longer at some skill you want to improve, like drawing, playing an instrument, etc. You owe it to yourself to get back where you left off, and continue practicing until you’re good enough to advance to the next level.

The important thing is not when you do it, or how, but that you do it in the first place. Your drawings may be appear ugly to your eyes, but at least you’re drawing. If you never draw, because you think it is not good enough, you will never become any better at it. That is the funny thing about things that require skill. You can’t learn by thinking about it.

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