One of the great things about keeping a sketchbook is that you can work out ideas before you try a Big Important Work. Often when I get my best paper out for a Painting, I wind up with a big disaster. In the sketchbook, I can only make little disasters and they are easier to cope with. It’s like the writing process — you write a terrible draft, then start revising and then you can sometimes make a decent story.
I want to paint koi fish so I found a nice photograph and drew and painted. The result felt stiff, not like the fluid fish I was trying to capture.
I read about koi and looked at some more photos and decided to do some more sketches. I let go of my desire to be accurate and then I think I got a more accurate picture of the spirit of koi.
If I have the perseverance to practice drawing for 100 years, maybe I’ll be given some great magic, too. Until then, I’m content to make whatever discoveries I can on the journey.
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I’m linking this to Dion Dior’s Friday Sketches.