Happy Friday to everyone! It is a beautiful day, l saw a family of quail on my morning walk, with so many young l couldn't count them all which made me very happy, as a neighbours cat ate our quail family and l do miss them. I hope we have them back in our garden one day soon. They are birds with amazing personalities. I love birds which is perhaps why there is so much bird art on my website!
I am also very, very happy that l have finished this piece. It is not that l don't love it, but seeing what l am drawing has been so hard. My reference photo was not clear when l enlarged it to the size l was working in and l have had to concentrate so hard to try and understand what l was seeing. Especially with the tree bark.
The good thing that l have discovered though, is that when you have drawn something a few times you begin to understand what you are seeing. This is the third Eagle Owl l have drawn and although l could not see the feathers very clearly when l enlarged the picture l found that l now know what the feathers should look like and how they fall, which made understanding the photo so much easier.
So many times l just wanted to stop working on this piece, and regular readers will know that is not like me at all. Normally l rush through all the chores so l can get in my art room and draw. This time everything in the world became so fascinating! Anything was better than going to draw. Suddenly the fridge was in desperate need of a clean, l never knew l loved mopping floors so much and the cupboard l have been meaning to tidy for the last six months suddenly became urgent!
But if l know one thing about myself, l am stubborn, and l made myself get in that room and draw, because l knew l would always feel l had let myself down if l didn't finish this piece and finish it well. Something in me will not let me rush. Perhaps it is knowing that every time l see the picture afterwards l would regret rushing it.
l think if l could say to anyone learning to draw one thing, it would have to be, take your time, don't rush. I have had to learn to be very patient, which does not come naturally to me. But l have learned this, the more time you take, the better the drawing, whether that is taking the time to look longer at your reference photo, taking the time to add more layers, taking the time to just look at your work and see what is needed or taking the time to finish it properly. I have never, ever regretted taking that extra time, but l have in the past very much regretted it when l didn't take it. So those are my wise words for today! Take your time. Happy drawing!
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