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a life lesson on when things don't want to
Sometimes no matter how hard and how much you try, when something doesn’t want to be, I’ve learnt that it’s good to just let it do so. Chasing goals, and making ‘dreams a reality’ is not as easy and poetic as it’s made up to be.
Life Lesson: do more of what you can and less of what you should.
There are way too many rules out there, on what your work should look like, and what you need to be doing to be successful, but in trying to fit the mold, I’ve lost track of what made my work ‘me’ and worst of all why I create. No matter how green the grass may seem, there are times when it should remain so and not to be interfered with.
Persistence is great, but persistence without appreciation and gratitude are a recipe for a mental disaster.
Long-term goals are a part of what drives my motivation to keep working but I’m learning that the short-term ones are as important, and definitely meaningful to creative and personal growth.
So! Putting the long-term goals aside for the time-being, it’s time to focus on what is possible to do right now and hope that that will bring its own opportunities and experiences, and some unexpected results.
I’ve started some outdoor sketching again and thought I’d share one of my favourite pages with you. I haven’t felt so free in my work in a long time, and am enjoying the sense of urgency and fluidity in the choice of media. I went with watercolours and Neocolour water-soluble pastels for this. My main theme: trees.
Here’s to more spontaneity and less planning!
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Over and out for the time-being.
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