The card below evolved from a series of sketches I did after an Easter egg hunt with my then toddler granddaughter. The original sketches did not look crisp enough for print and the colors appeared dull, so I scanned them, deleted all but the black lines and colored the rest digitally.
I’ve keep pondering my new motto, “Take Imperfect Action”. I tend to obsess over projects, working on them endlessly, and finally filing them away to “finish later”.
Getting ideas and inspiration is the easy part, following through and finishing projects is what’s difficult. As we stumble along, our hearts full of dreams, fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of other people’s opinion can so easily halt us.
Paying attention to the chatter in my head that’s loudly proclaiming, “That sucks! What were you thinking? Who do you think you are?”, can quench my enthusiasm and result in setting the project aside to “improve “at a later date. Acknowledging the murmurings with, “Mmmm, there you are again, perhaps I will have some time for you later but for now I am putting my energy into this project…”, keeps my enthusiasm flowing and serves me better. Create, be imperfect and just get it done.
Below is a favorite pen and ink sketch by illustrator Lois Allen.
Reading Steven Pressfield’s book,
Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work
and two of his other books, “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” and “Do The Work”, helped me understand that the voice that seems to appear somewhere in the execution of a piece of artwork, is just that, a distracting voice.
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