These drawings show the tracks of my effort to draw authentically with every mark I make. I wasn't always as right as I wished to be, but it is the practice of mindfulness that is important, even with its failures. Has anyone made a work of art that fully satisfies themselves? In any case, check out the changes in the drawing above by comparing it to its first state in the previous blog post. This one, shown here, is much better. It has gone a better way because it was made in a better way. And so it goes. My commitment to the mindful, here and now, making of my art is surprising me. It surprised me in the drawing below. That drawing is well made, but it is not my normal cup of tea. Practicing mindfulness as I work will initially bring a lot of these simpler, more authentically realized images. I intend to go out and draw today. I feel the need to practice through drawing before I return to painting. I am like the baseball player who has not liked the way he has been swinging the bat in the last few games. I need to take batting practice before I return to the higher standards required to hit well in the big game.
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