Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Imperfections


I discovered that if you only partially open the nozzle top of Golden's high-flow acrylics, you can draw with them directly from the bottle. I like the blotchy, imperfect line this gives, much like drawing with ink from a dropper - not complete control, but enough to draw something you can recognise.

The leaves were first gelli-printed on to greaseproof paper. I really liked the look once I had outlined them with the Golden high-flow. The imperfection was what made them interesting.

And that made me think about how perfection can be uniform and - let's be honest - boring. But we are all imperfect in different and unique ways. It is our imperfections that make us interesting and individual. And while we work to iron out our flaws, we will never be perfect this side of heaven. If you were already perfect, there would be nothing to work on and no growth to be had. Only dead things don't grow.

So embrace the imperfections.

2 comments:

  1. I really do love your artwork, it is absolutely beautiful. I've recently started keeping a bullet journal in which I often doodle as I go and that does make me smile looking back, but my scribbles are nothing compared to what you do which is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Joss. What you have to remember is that this is what I'm producing after about 10 years of journalling. Too often we compare our beginnings with someone else's 'middle'. The best thing to do is have fun and keep at it. Keep on with the doodling!

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