|8/20/12 F-C Pitt Artist's Pen, watercolor, S & B sketchbook|
When I finished sketching and painting a lamp post, its hanging basket of fuchsia and a bit of a table umbrella at University Village, the composition was mostly complete, but I thought I’d give the scene some context by “ghosting” in a few people in the background. I liked the way that looked, but instead of calling it good, I started ghosting in a few architectural details behind the lamp post. I didn’t like that, so I kept going, hoping it would miraculously improve. It didn’t. I should have left well enough alone.
Just this morning over breakfast, I was reading this bit of advice from Grant Fuller in his book, Start Sketching and Drawing Now: “As soon as you become unsure of what to do next, the answer is always ‘stop.’”
I used to think the hardest thing about drawing is getting started. Now I think it’s stopping – soon enough.