The truth is, I'm not very patient with myself. If I don't learn something quickly, I get frustrated and feel like I've wasted my time. But the older I get, the more I realize learning things slowly helps it stick to your bones a little better.
I'm trying to give myself permission to stretch my creative wings a little. To be really bad at things. To stop caring about the time "wasted" and start looking at the creative practice in a different light.
As is typical, I'm itching to learn new things. I find this happens a lot and feel like my creative friends would agree. We like the challenge and the learning and I love how accessible these things are. I've long admired Tracy Verdugo and when I saw her article in the latest Somerset Apprentice (I think) I just wanted to try her style, which is SOOOO different from what I normally do.
For the first time in a long time, I felt like it was creative play in my art studio. I mostly used my fingers. I gave up on being "perfect" (whatever that means) and stopped caring so much about the end result. I used scraps from an art workshop I'd taught the week before and kind of just practiced.
There are things about this piece that I love and things I don't, but the real point is that I'm now addicted to stepping outside my comfort zone and giving myself permission to explore my creativity. Practicing is never wasted. Learning is never for nothing.
And sometimes it's fine to put the sun at the bottom of the piece.