Gandalf: Taking My Time

At the moment I’m not overly concerned with finishing.

Too many times we focus on the goal, the completed project and not the journey to get there.

After about an hour of working on the drawing of Gandalf today I noticed I was rushing the drawing and trying to get it finished. This kind of attitude leads to poor quality and pulls all of the essential emotion out of the work.

“A work of art which inspires us comes from no quibbling or uncertain man. It is the manifest of a very positive nature in great enjoyment, and at the very moment the work was done.

It is not enough to have thought great things before doing the work. The brush stroke at the moment of contact carries inevitably the exact state of the being of the artist at the exact moment into the work, and there it is, to be seen and read by those who can read such signs, and to be read later by the artist himself, with perhaps some surprise, as a revelation of himself.”

— Robert Henri from The Art Spirit

Gestures and contours next

What went well?

Love my weekend morning art time, so much focus!

What didn’t go so well?

Wish I could spend all day on art projects.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

Slow down, enjoy the journey of art making. Feelings and inspiration first, the finish will come. Better to have a great start and amazing journey than to finish.

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