Practice, practice, practice!

Practice, practice, practice!

I love drawing and painting. I haven’t done it for so long, and now when I have started again as an adult, it’s like a wall that has been torn down. My problem is that there is so much in my head that I want to express on paper, but my skills are lacking.

This is the same feeling as when I started to photograph: I knew what I wanted, but didn’t know how to get there.

So what to do?


It really is that easy: things you practice get better. I photographed every single day for many years, tried different techniques, took classes, worked with reference photos, tried different lights, and so on. I still do, it’s a never-ending process. By now, ten years later, I know a little bit more about how to get that end result I want. But it’s an ongoing journey!

So, I’m going to do the same with my artwork. I will move it to the front of the priority list to make at least one piece every week – no matter how small. Each piece will hold a challenge, something that I have never done before, or think is hard and need to train. Every piece that I do take time, time that I rarely have, but I find so much joy in creating that I decide that it’s worth it.

This week I have taken inspiration from my vacation last week (I will use that inspiration for a few more weeks probably, in different motives). We went to see a sanctuary for sea-turtles, where they nurse injured sea-turtles back to health and then release them back into the wild. Sea-turtles are magnificent! I’ve never seen a real one before, and they are so full of grace, seem so gentle, and just fly in the water effortlessly. The ones we saw were in a small pool, and it broke my heart…I really hope they will soon be released into the ocean again!

So, I decided to draw my wish, and hopefully, it comes true. In the meantime, donate some money to save these beautiful creatures! The sanctuary is depending on gifts.

As this is only a training piece, I decided to make it as an art journal page. The end goal is not as important as the way to get there!

Finished. The biggest challenge was the water, and I’m not completely happy with how it turned out, but on the other hand, I love the technique with the ink outline and polychromos coloring. I think the details on the turtle turned out really well, even when it’s enlarged on my screen. Maybe I should have made the black shadow in ink as well to get the color more solid, I’ll try that next time.

I have noticed on Instagram that some of those who like my artwork are not that fond of my BuJo-spreads and vice versa, so I created a new Insta for my artwork: Art by the creative kelpie, or as Instagram shortened it to: artbythecreative. 


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