This was a difficult challenge for me. I have many sketchbooks around my home, most are empty, some have a few scribbles in them. Sitting down and filling up a book with drawings, and writings is a very personal endeavour. Having those items out on the internet for all to see is very soul baring. Everyone can see your thoughts and judge them.
When I had finished my book, I left it for a week and forgot about it. When I picked it up again, I was not impressed with what I had done. I thought it was childish, immature, silly, weird and not worthy of being out in the ‘real world’. I wasn’t going to send it back, maybe burn it or bury it in the yard. Then, I looked through some of the other books in the library and was amazed at the variety of the books. Some were simple doodles, poems, thoughts, everything and they were ALL amazing masterpieces. Many of these artists may have thought the same thing about their own works, as I thought about mine. So, I sucked up my insecurities and sent in my book. It’s weird to see my work on the web. It’s not so bad after all. Each page was done at different sittings. Sometimes with the news or music or peace and quiet. The outcome was a mixture of feelings, thoughts, ideas and sometimes just doodles, influenced by what was going on at the time. I used pencil, pencil crayons, felt pens, pen pastels to create each page. I have two more books to finish for this year’s challenge...we’ll see how they turn out.
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