A couple of years ago, I started taking colored pencil drawing classes. (We have a great art school program here in Kalamazoo - for adults and kids. It's a year-round program with a huge variety of class offerings. I'm so grateful.) I've learned a lot over the years, and I've created some drawings I'm really proud of -- and some real duds, too.
I like picking out challenging projects for myself in my classes -- because I'm there to learn and develop my skills. Last fall, I decided I wanted to try to draw something shiny. Something with a lot of metal in it. (Because there is a colored pencil technique called "burnishing" that makes wax-based colored pencil drawings "shine" like metal.)
So I decided I'd draw Tom's car.
And it has been the bane of my drawing-life ever since.
Because it is hard. And my drawing is big. And I'm not actually all that fond of drawing cars. And it is taking me so very long. And I have wanted to throw it in the trash and just be done with it many, many times along the way.
But then, something interesting happened.
My instructor (who is also a friend) asked me to teach her how to knit.
So I did.
And she is determined to make (as her first project) Jared Flood's striped scarf in two contrasting colors of Noro Silk Garden.
Although she caught on to knitting immediately (she had tried it once or twice in the past, so wasn't completely new to to the task), she struggled a bit. Because it is hard. And she can't fix her mistakes. And she wasn't completely sold on the colors she chose. And it is taking her so very long. And she has wanted to throw it in the trash and just be done with it many, many times along the way.
Over a glass of wine, we laughed at ourselves . . . old dogs learning new tricks. And we made this 3-point pact with each other:
- We will allow ourselves time and space to learn and improve.
- We will ask each other for help without apology.
- We will throw perfection out the window (instead of our projects).
I'm hoping that I'll be able to finish my car drawing before the end of my next "semester" of colored pencil drawing class. And she is hoping to finish her scarf in time to wear next winter.
I'll keep you posted!
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