It Can't Be Pretty All The Time

12:50 PM


The title of this post amuses me on so many different levels. But then again I'll take amusement any where I can find it as I haven't had much to be amused about lately.

Five days into a particularly nasty round of the flu, I decided I want to "document the fun."

I'm using the term loosely, I assure you.

When I sat back to look at the drawing, I debated whether to stop or to continue as I didn't think I wanted to post it on the blog.

After all, aren't we only posting the "pretty pictures?"

But something inside rebelled. That's a disservice to those who are just beginning their artistic journey.

Because not every sketch is a beauty.

They're not all perfectly drawn and painted.

The sketch above was done in the moment. I didn't really care if it came out well.

I (obviously) didn't take my time and wasn't careful with my ink lines.

But, you know what?

It's an accurate record of how I was feeling. I didn't care. I didn't feel good or "pretty."

To have made the sketch pretty would have been a lie as to how I was feeling and the reason for documenting the situation in the first place.

No matter where you are in your artistic journey, no matter how long you sketch, know that there will be less than pretty sketches that could not be any more accurate if they tried.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While I'll never see beauty in the sketch above, I do see truth.

So maybe truth is in the eye of the beholder as well?


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