Procrastination? There were plenty of other things I could (should?) have been doing but I chose to spend hours drawing instead. It would have been pleasant to have had a good picture at the end of it but it wasn’t to be.
A few years ago I bought a set of pens because they looked pretty and came in a puzzle box. I’m not usually a sucker for packaging but they hit me with a triple whammy; art products, clever box, pretty colours. When I got them home I drew little colour swatches on a piece of paper then left it on a windowsill. Imagine my disappointment when, after only a few days of weak November sunshine, the swatches had faded – I wasn’t going to be able to use the pens for anything that was going to be displayed. So they sat in the drawer until I used them for doodling recently.
I’d been enjoying doodling with pen because if I make a mistake it’s permanent. This may not sound like a plus to you but it teaches control freaks like me to be a bit more relaxed about things. That also applies to planning. Normally I spend as much time (maybe more) planning and preparing my art pieces as I do actually executing them. With doodling I just draw the next thing that pops into my head. There is very little planning involved. It’s quite liberating. However, I have to admit that this last mistake made me a little sad.
So, on to the pony. Everything was going okay until I decided to use watercolour over the pens. The fine black pen stayed put but the black pen from the pretty, puzzle box bled. 😦 Also, the purple paint went patchy because I wasn’t being careful enough. If you’re having trouble understanding my predicament, here are photos of the ruined picture.
So what did I learn? Don’t buy pens because of pretty packaging, and test new combinations of media before potentially spoiling hours of work. Sometimes it’s okay to be cautious and nerdy. There were also lessons about pride, possessiveness and perfectionism.
P.S. Did you notice the proliferation of p-words in this post? 😀