What do you feel when you stare at a blank sheet of paper? I sit, I stare and I freeze up. That's what happened when I opened the sketch book I received in the mail back in the summer. Getting started is always the most daunting part of any project for me, whether its on paper or on canvas. It is human nature to put off doing things that make us feel uncomfortable or something that we perceive as difficult. But I love creating, drawing, painting, designing so where is this fear coming from? I suppose its the perfectionist in me ugh, the fear that the result will not be what I imagine paralyzes me.
Well... here I am about a week left to begin sketching for the Sketch Book Project I signed up for early last year. * sigh * This is terrible...no really! I am not sure what happened... last I looked at the sketchbook I was disappointed in the very thin paper so I put it aside - as if the paper would magically replace itself. Then a friend posted "Sketch Book Catchup" on her blog Studio Mailbox and suddenly I didn't feel alone. I finally decided to face these blank sheets of paper and well, I uh... ripped them out! Oh yes I did! With the help and motivation from my friend I replaced all my sheets with wonderful watercolor paper which was the easy part...
I began to think of my goal for 2011 of Letting Go & Being in the Now, I decided to do just that. Let go – no more guilt, no more fear, no more procrastination! So I faced my new blank paper, took a deep breath and began sketching. I will be sketching every moment I can to meet this deadline of Jan 15th and will be sharing my progress with you here. Oh and my theme is "A Day In The Life" and of course, I will be sketching A Day In The Life... of dogs.
Wish me luck!
Anyone else behind in The Sketch Book Project?
What have been your struggles?