"There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen." ~ Rumi.
"I can't believe you just said that!" (White and black charcoal portrait in Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook).
The voice has been giving me lots of advice lately. It's not that I asked for it either!
It's been telling me that learning new techniques is important and spending the time experimenting is also fulfilling, but I need something that says DONE on an almost daily basis.
Charcoal sketches are one way to get more art completed. A portrait such as the one above took me about an hour to complete. Very satisfying.
Consider this and tell me what you think...in art, perhaps quantity IS more important than quality.
Sometimes, producing more art leads to more learning, earlier discoveries that help the artist move forward more quickly.
The voice is also saying that perhaps I will never be a "loose" artist. No matter how much I try to loosen up and allow the broad strokes to show, something in me wants to blend everything.
I might have to accept that this is who I am as an artist. I am willing to keep trying to fight this urge.
And more importantly, the voice tells me that I must learn to walk away perhaps within a set time limit...and hour seems manageable.... so that I don't obsess over minor details.
I see the imperfections, but the voice is telling me to let go and that is what I am doing.