Better Than Nothing

Trowel and a bulb drawing

Sometimes I draw something and I really don’t like the outcome. This was one of those times. I really don’t like this drawing, although the handle and the shadow of the handle are OK.

I keep reminding myself that it’s the process that counts. Each drawing helps me learn more, about drawing, about my approach to it and about me. And it’s another page of my sketchbook filled.

I followed Tommy Kane‘s advice with this one and stuck with it, even though after I’d drawn the outline I wanted to walk away and forget it. I added some colour and then went outside to plant the rest of these bulbs so I could come back to it with fresh(er) eyes.

I’d not drawn much for a few days so I’m seeing this drawing as a bit of a warm-up as I get back into it. Plus, I’d rather make a drawing that I don’t like than do no drawing at all.


8 thoughts on “Better Than Nothing

  1. Joy @ Joyfully Green Reply

    You’re too hard on yourself, Cathryn. I love the reflection within the spade–you really captured the metallic finish!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thank you Joy. Someone said to me earlier that I was probably focusing on the mistakes I could see because I’d been looking at my drawing for too long. I think that’s true and now there’s a bit of distance between it and me it’s starting to grow on me :).

  2. Sandra Torguson Reply

    Please, quit talking yourself down. Do you have a clue as to how many people would hope to draw as beautifully as you do?! Yes, enjoy the journey.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks for the kick Sandra! šŸ™‚

  3. Peter Bryenton Reply

    I read today about the difference between a process and a task. Perhaps your inner critic told you the drawing was a task? As a lighting man, those reflections shout ‘shiny metal” loud and clear to me.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Interesting. I wonder if that was the case. It’s definitely something worth thinking about. Thanks :).

  4. Cathy Holtom Reply

    Looks great to me!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Thanks Cathy! šŸ™‚

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