What Are You Scared Of?



First of all, Happy New Year. I have been cleaning up, putting away, doing laundry, shopping for food, and deliberating on whether I would do a daily art project and if so what. I thought of doing a weekly or monthly project, but I think it would be too easy to get off track.

I was going to do a small simple collage using found objects. I nixed that. I kept dancing around doing the thing that scares me the most — doing a drawing or sketch every day. I have often said that I can not draw, but what if I worked at it every day?

So, that is what I am doing. I have started with a very small Moleskine sketchbook, about the size of my iPhone. I trust that you will bear with me as I work through this experiment.

Here is my first drawing from yesterday.

1-1-13 drawing


And here is today’s

1-2-13 drawing


Whew! I did it. Now, I suppose, I am committed. I plan to move on to a larger sketchbook and play with some color, eventually.

Today, I did a lot of SDA catchup work. We are getting ready to test the online registration system for the San Antonio Conference which goes live next week and my work begins. I am currently composing a confirmation letter to all the registrants with info on San Antonio and the conference.

I also finished the quilting on the Rosales Organ Piece. I need to add some finishing touches and decide how to do the edges and move on to something new.

I am missing my peeps, but they are all happy to be home and back to their routines.

7 Responses to “What Are You Scared Of?”

  1. Jeannie says:

    I applaud you for facing your fears and putting pencil to paper. I have struggled with drawing, too. I did pretty well when I was in Melly’s class, but have slipped out of the practice of daily drawing. I look forward to seeing your daily drawings and trust me, I’ll encourage you every step of the way!!! Sorry your peeps had to leave so soon. There is always spring time in the Bay area! 🙂 Have a good rest of the week. xo

  2. Cait says:

    Congratulations on facing your fears. I think you’ve already come a long way in only two sketches! The perle cotton is loose and free, compared with the leaf which is a bit tentative. That’s real progress in only a few hours, yay!

  3. Judy says:

    I find the blank page most daunting, but once you get started, it sort of flows. Don’t give up! I particularly like your perle cotton!

    ahhhhh: San Antonio!


  4. Diane says:

    Happy new year, Gerrie, and good for you for diving into drawing!

  5. margaret says:

    You’re off to a good start! Truly, the only way to feel better about drawing is to keep on doing it – regularly – and it helps to look back at what you’ve done and think of what could be changed “next time”. (My own breakthrough was to find I wasn’t drawing what I was seeing – a shelf that slanted the wrong way – so I had to keep checking angles till I could see what was actually there!)
    This time next year … wow, looking forward to that!

  6. Anita Lay says:

    I can so relate to the fear. I am taking up embroidery and crewel again, but I don’t want to do kits anymore. I want to make my own designs and that requires drawing AND I CAN’T DRAW. I have a particular landscape in mind I want to recreate, but it’s only in my memory, so this is going to be interesting. I did get fascinated by a book FLORAL STITCHES which shows how different stitches work better to show different types of petals. I never thought of hollyhocks as having a cup shaped flower, but they do. Anyway, good luck in your daily project.

  7. Kristin L says:

    I’m sorry you are not feeling well, but I am soooooo happy to see you’ve started a daily drawing project! I applaud your facing your fears, and I am looking forward to the end of the year when you have a sketchbook(s) full of drawings and we can all see how far you’ve come. Next year you’ll be saying, “of course I can draw!”