Still practicing....some failures, some successes. The last photo of the dragonfly was made by my 13-year-old son as a visual aid for his research paper, and was his first serious drawing. He's a natural!
I attempted the deceptively simple subject of the tightly closed hydrangea bud thinking that it would be an easy subject to sketch. I was wrong. This is my 4th? 5th? attempt, and I'm still not happy, but have decided to let it go and move on. That is when I sketched, very quickly, the cocoon we found on a walk and brought home. I needed to take my mind off of that hydrangea bud, so I just kind of haphazardly started sketching it. It took just a few minutes and I was done and happy with it. I find this rather mystifying. The cattails were drawn with a combination of colored pencil and watercolor pencils. The watercolor pencils work much better in this particular journal which is only 90 lb paper and buckles and warps terribly with even a small amount of water.
This is what I do in the evenings now. Sit by the fire with the cat and Pandora radio and sketch. Sometimes I don't feel that I am really learning anything from all my mistakes. But, I know that if I just keep practicing, it will come.....eventually. I am inspired by the great Winston Churchill who said, "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
How do we make progress? by putting one foot in front of the other, over and over and over again until we get there. Yes.