When I was taking my required classes for my bachelor’s degree in Visual and Public Art, I took the minimum required classes in drawing.
Drawing scared me.
It scared me because I was comparing myself to the other students who had been drawing for years.
I compared myself to the established artists that we studied.
I compared myself unfairly.
Drawing is something that I have come to love. I make lots of mistakes and allow the mistakes to show up without feeling bad about them.
Notice I said, “about them” and not “about myself.”
That was the key to overcoming my fear. I stopped taking it personally.
I continue to make mistakes while drawing and that’s okay.
I hope that you follow your creative dreams and desires and that you do not allow fear to stop you.
Last week I started reading a new book: The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams by Cat Bennett. It’s her third book and meshes perfectly with her other two books.
I was so inspired that I have created a four-week workshop called The Drawing Studio, following the lesson plans that are included in the book.
She recommends eight-week workshops but because the holidays will soon be here it will be it a shorter workshop this time.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope you will join in. The workshop is open to all levels. It starts on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
We will not be working on specific projects but will be working on the process of being comfortable “with greater ease on our journeys as artists” as well as building some drawing skills. And no critiques or grades!
If you are not able to come to this workshop, I highly recommend you get the book and start a group in your area.
Also, Cat is offering an online workshop called Sketchbooks: Making Art a Practice. I signed up. I hope you do too!