Today I completed the last of my skinny book pages. 26 all original pages, 8″ X 4″ each, were required and as I look through them I realize that I have learned much from this exercise. I have learned to doodle. I have learned to control a paint brush. I have learned that I actually like watercolor, something I never thought I would say. I have learned to mix colors without fear. Basically, I have learned how to behave like an artist.
26 all original pages is a daunting task, to say the least. I promised that I would use this opportunity to explore different techniques. But this exercise has brought me so much more. It has helped me to develop the style I was looking for, one full of whimsy and color. It has forced me to put aside the notion that I can’t draw and accept my abilities for all their faults. It also forced me too create when I truly didn’t want to – and I am amazed at what came out during that time.
In short, creating 26 all original skinny book pages has helped me to feel and act like an artist, and trust that I am good at it. I highly recommend the experience.