In spite of loud and persistent protests from my perfectionist side, and my addiction to my pencil, I have decided to break through an emotional boundary and attempt “Alla Prima Sketching” with pen. For me that means maybe a couple of light measuring lines using graphite, then diving right into a contour drawing with my Micron pen. There are wobbly spots where there shouldn’t be and things are not in correct proportion and my perfectionist side screams, “Fix it!” But I completed the drawing, ignoring the screaming perfectionist, using only my Micron pen, then I added a little watercolor. Later I added notes such as weather, temperature, sunrise and sunset, moon phase, and the sounds I was hearing, to help me remember the experience. Since I was branching out anyway, I decided to attempt a little fake calligraphy and some handwritten text. I must say the process was very mind expanding, therapeutic and meaningful. Funny how I really like the free style sketches of other artists, but have such a hard time letting go and sketching without a pre-drawing myself. I hope to continue doing these little “Alla Prima Sketches” often.
Keep creating. The therapy is in the process.