Pens down…books closed

 

Finally finished The Sketchbook Project! Things I learned:

1. I like to make more work for myself (i.e. sign-up for something that sounded like a good idea at the time, only to realize there’s more important things to be working on, but finish at the last minute because not finishing would mean failure)

2. There’s always a way to justify buying new art supplies! Now I am the proud owner of blue and sepia Prismacolor fine liners.

3. When there’s a will, there’s a way. When you make something a priority, it gets done! Which reminds me that I think I’m overdue for a re-evaluation of my priorities…

 

Here’s a few pics of my finished sketchbook. Hope you enjoy! Now, I’m off to the post office to get this thing shipped away and out of my mind.

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Finishing Well – Pt. 1

I’ve realized I have a problem. I like to start new projects, but have difficulty finishing them.

This dawned on me when I was cleaning/organizing my studio space at home, and came across several unfinished projects. It’s interesting to think about what made me abandon these projects in the first place. Maybe I just got busy with other things, or perhaps I thought of an even better idea that I decided it’d be pointless to finish the current one first. Whatever the reason for not finishing, I’ve resolved to finish as many of my unfinished projects as possible.

This reminds me of a project my mom worked on when I was a kid. We went to the craft store and bought a couple of those wooden knick-knacks to paint. I finished mine, but my mom didn’t (maybe procrastination is hereditary). Ironically, her wooden work was a little sign that read “Begin, the rest is easy.” Obviously, the rest isn’t always easy.

The first project I have now successfully finished is a painting I started last summer. Now I just need to think of a title.