A Slow Discovery for a New Year

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso 

Happy New Year! 

Is it still okay to say that? Either way it is in fact a new year and my hope is that it has been happy so far.

We are 28 days in and I am delighted to say I have been consistently creating more than I have in a long time. I tend to wait until I have a full collection idea to begin sketching, painting, etc. but this month I have just been letting my ideas come to fruition freely. As Pablo Picasso said above, I’m doing things I can’t do (or more like things I am rusty at), to learn more.

I want to learn more.

Recently, I have found myself obsessed with herbs, learning about their origin, what they look like, and how I can utilize them in my home, food, and health. This has turned into a slew of illustrations I have been making with just pencil and paper. Bare bones sketching. While this is different from what I’ve been creating these past four years, it feels right. The focus it takes to draw or sketch the leaves, the structure of the composition, it has offered a new sense of accomplishment and a needed reminder that my artistry can exist beyond colour.

It can be as simple as me, pencil, and paper. The colour can reside in the act of creating. The images in my mind and my hands revealing. Are all the images beautiful, noteworthy, or something I would add to my website?

Hell no. Not yet.

But they will, one day.
For now, they are mine and they are proof that I honored my creativity and artistry with time.

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