Doing Your Best

Let’s talk about doing your best and what it means. It is not in any way having flawless sketching technique so nobody could ever make suggestions Jul2615landscapeor criticize your work.

Like Pablo Picasso.

Or Vincent Van Gogh.

Or Andy Warhol.

There’s no such thing as  flawless art technique. All of art, whether you’re looking at it or making it, is about what you like, and what you don’t.

Why did I keep sketching after completing this landscape, one of my very first watercolors? You’d be right if you said it was primitive, simple, childish – okay, I’ll say it: I have a whacked perspective. You probably know more than I do about art and you might be champing at the bit to tell me how to fix this. I remember joking with a stranger about how we loved to draw even though sometimes it wasn’t obvious whether grandma or grandson had drawn the piece.

Yeah, nobody was going to be knocking down my door to steal my artwork.

What I liked about it, and why I kept sketching is that I saw that I had captured the shadows on Owen’s Peak in a way I had never thought of them before. I loved the way they looked, how they showed depth and caught the fact that Owen’s Peak was an interesting landmark. I could see that one thing that drew my attention to Owen’s Peak was the interesting, moody character. I was hooked on noticing what I was seeing and it made me want to see more. If I had seen these shadows, for the first time, What else could I depict on Owen’s Peak?

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