Inky Cat Studios is a pretty new project and it's also less than 2 months old. I want it to grow and my work and style to grow stronger and be recognizably offbeat and unique. I have a lot of dreams and goals for ICS so it's really easy for me to get caught up and rush into things. This is especially true when I start a new painting.
Like any one else, I want my work to turn out well, something I will be happy with and others too. But there are times when I catch myself wishing I could skip certain parts of the process. Specifically, I mean the rough sketch stage in pencil. I used to struggle appreciating this very important first step in the process. But pencil sketches are pretty boring for me. The very first few strokes where you try to get the proportions and perspective right can be pretty repetitive. Especially when all I'd see is the end product of how I want my work to look, so inevitably I'd rush through the sketch and pull out my paints and brushes as soon as I could. If I was a little bit more confident, I'd sometimes imagine skipping the sketching phase altogether!
But this kind of work flow, I realised, was just me adding unnecessary pressure onto myself. I also realised that thinking of my art and my process the way I had been was a sure fire way to suck out all the enjoyment from it.
I'm pretty lucky to be able to spend so much time building up ICS. Every minute I spend on ICS makes me very happy and light. It's a little silly of me to take a pretty integral part for granted the way I was and rush through it.
So yes, the drawing process isn't my favourite part, but as much as I can, I should try and really slow down and enjoy it. I've read about meditating over tea...where people would practice drinking their tea very slowly, enjoying the calmness by just focusing on that moment.
Now I think that, maybe just like drinking tea slowly, I might learn something from sketching slower and thinking through my next stroke...or not thinking at all and just enjoying the moment.
So as a way of embracing something I used to struggle with, here are some pencil sketches of recent paintings!
Hope you're all enjoying the weekend :)