Sketchbook peek - let go of frustration

Sketchbook peek - let go of frustration

I was working in my sketchbook the other day and I was getting a little frustrated.

Things weren't going how I wanted.

I was painting a black and white bird and it was looking kind of blah.

I was trying too hard.

So, I switched gears and made up a bright, colorful bird that doesn't exist so I could let loose and play a little.

This is my result. The Yellow Bellied Puffer.

I like the idea of switching gears when you get frustrated.

Allow yourself the freedom to play a little. To loosen up.

I will definitely go back and experiment more with my original idea but it got me out of being stuck listening to my inner critic, at least for the moment.

How about you?

Is there something you are frustrated with that you could use a little frivolity and not take yourself so seriously?

What would lighten you up?

A dance party, an art journal escapade, a walk on the wild side (whatever that means!), a do over?

I'd love to hear what works for you!   Leave a comment below.



  • Hi Sally!!!! Sorry I haven’t gotten back sooner, usual craziness.

    I love this little guy! Hope to see more like him, he just gives you a little giggle.

    Hope to talk with you soon!

    Cris Tilliss
  • He is adorable!

    JosAnne Gill
  • Yes, taking a break, changing the scenery does wonders. Not so successful at trying to hammer things out when I’m stuck.

    Barbara Winter

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