Remember The Bad Drawings?

Remember when we did those bad drawings? I showed you mine:

And I showed you how I transferred some to fabric:

And I showed you the stitching I was doing:

Now I’m finished with the first one, and I’m really, really pleased with the entire process. It was no-stress–because it was just a bad drawing!–and it was fun–because it has lots of hand stitching, which I find really relaxing and meditative–and I love it:

There’s a lesson here, of course, about loosening up and playing, about releasing expectations and the demands of perfection. Sure, there are times when we all have to do things The Right Way and try to make everything perfect. If we have a gallery show or a commission or something that has to be done to some exterior demands, that’s one thing. But if we’re just playing and seeing where our imaginations can take us, it’s often excellent practice to start with no plans at all. To start, as I did here, with a bad drawing.

I like it so much I’ve started another. Another bad drawing, some different fabric, some new ideas. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.


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