Once someone asked me if I was worried that I was going to use up my creativity, like the well would run dry, like it's a finite resource. I was completely baffled by the question and I think I still am. I mean, as an artist I can't imagine thinking that way. Sure I get stuck. I get in creative ruts but I'd never say it's because my creativity ran out. That's just ridiculous.
On the other hand, I do believe that if you don't use it, you lose it. I don't think I'd completely lose all creativity or drawing skills or painting skills but it's not like riding a bike. You don't just get back on and you're as good as you once were. You regress.
And I think that's where I'm at with drawing. I spent an entire year working a little each day to build my drawing skills and now I'm regressing. It's like I can feel it happening. And it's starting to bother me.
So it's time to do something about that. And the first thing I do is write a blog post about it. That may seem silly but for me it works. Writing makes me clarify my thoughts. What do I really want to accomplish? Then posting here gives me accountabilty. I said I'd do it so now I have to.
Since this post is on the heels of the beauty of weekly projects, I'm thinking this needs to be a new weekly project. :) And if there's one thing I've learned, it's this--when you force yourself to post something on your blog or instagram or wherever, you get better real fast. It's embarrassing to post bad drawings, bad paintings, and ugly food over and over again. So here's to getting better real fast.