Surprising Yourself

Growing up, I always enjoyed painting. But like anything worthwhile, it requires patience and practice; neither of which I could commit to. For me, drawing was the hardest part, and I would give up before I could begin. It was easy to let myself believe that I wasn’t any good, resigned to the idea of “natural ability,” or lack thereof. I’ve decided, enough of that~ I may not be very good, but I never will be if I don’t do anything about it.

I wanted to draw a fox by a birch tree, and there were a few failed attempts. Instead of getting frustrated, I tried several approaches, until I could figure out what worked for me. And you know what? I actually surprised myself. I was really happy with how my initial drawing turned out. Duplicating it onto watercolour paper, however, was another story, but I started painting anyway.

It was fun~ a much better use of my evening than watching TV. And maybe I’ll get better.

fox rough draft fox & butterfly watercolour

Is there anything that you’ve always wanted to try, or wish you could improve on? What is holding you back from doing it?


2 thoughts on “Surprising Yourself

  1. Wow, Caitlin, your fox by the birch tree is wonderful! I think you did a great job.

    This is exactly what I'd like to try someday, but I have always struggled drawing just basic stick figures and my plans to take art courses always end up getting pushed aside half because of cost and half because of laziness. In the end I tell myself that I'll just admire the talent and work of others and stick to my camera.


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