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Being Fussy Doesn’t Really Bother Me All That Much

November 15, 2021
Brush pen and watercolor (with white gouache) on a Strathmore Drawing Paper in a handbound book. (Montana Acrylic Marker background.)

I think if I sketched on an iPad doing white hairlines would be pretty easy, but then I wouldn’t have the fun of messing with white gouache, or gel pens, or any of the things I end up using while working on paper.

I got very fussy at the end of this sketch, but I’m not bothered in the least because I had fun with every stroke. Sometimes being a little fussy pulls you right into the process.

If you’d like to see me painting dogs subscribe to my Patreon site. I already have several dog portrait videos you can watch available when you subscribe, and this one will be coming along early in 2022.

In the meantime I’m writing about process. We make great skill level leaps when we pay attention to process.

    • Sara
    • November 15, 2021
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    I am starting to feel that the real value of daily visual journaling is actually how it forces you to face yourself – the good, the bad and especially the ugly. How I wish I could be less fussy – but it is lovely to see that I am not the only one that struggles with it and that perhaps it is not something that needs to be taken so seriously. Thanks! I really like the way you are mixing the opaque and transparent here.

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      Sara, enjoy the struggle with fussiness. I think on any given day, whether we avoid it or succumb we still win if we get something down on the page, especially if we are sketching dogs! Glad you enjoyed the mix of opaque and transparent here.

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