Sometimes I don’t like what I make

Stained glass sunset window at the Marine Building in Vancouver

I don’t want this blog to be comprised only of pieces that I’m mostly happy with. I want to share my struggle and growth as well. Let’s remove the filter that social media and the internet put on life to make it prettier than it is, ok?

I’ve been wanting to do more sketching where I go straight in with pen rather than sketching in pencil first. My main reason for this is saving time when I’m sketching on location, but also I want to be confident enough in my lines to do that. So far I’ve only finished two pieces that I set out to complete pencil free. One of them I loved and one I hated. This post is about the latter.

I’ve tried it many times before. I’d start in my sketchbook, pen in shaky hand, attempting to start and finish a piece only in pen whether I liked the outcome or not. But inevitably I would hate what I was making and quit about halfway through.

But today I fought through and saw the piece to the end, even though I was hating it from about the halfway mark. The last piece I finished, an abstract flower piece, turned out beautifully. This time I was drawing from a reference photo and had picked a much more challenging subject with all of its straight lines and geometric shapes. What can I say, I’m mean to myself I like to challenge myself!

Urban sketch work in progress

I will admit that I did use just the tiniest bit of pencil line. I divided the page into 4 quadrants to help me with the proportions and alignment, but other than that it was just me and my trusty Pigma Micron 01. The photo above was taken right around the time I realised I was hating it.

I had a choice to make. Do I quit and consider this page in my watercolour sketchbook wasted? Or do I press on to at least have a finished piece of crap in my book? I (begrudgingly) chose the latter. And I have to say I’m happy I did! While the piece isn’t my favourite thing I’ve made, I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would. I learned a lot, and I wouldn’t be embarrassed for someone to flip through my book and see this. Let that be a lesson to you all, never quit before you’re finished. Because you just never know what you can do if you see it through! And since I’m not embarrassed by it, here’s my urban sketch of the stained glass sunset window with clock, located in the lobby of the beautiful Marine Building in Vancouver. Have a lovely Sunday.

Let that be a lesson to you all; never quit before you’re finished because you just don’t know what it will look like finished until you finish it! And since I’m not embarrassed by it, here’s my urban sketch of the stained glass sunset window with clock, located in the lobby of the beautiful Marine Building in Vancouver. Have a lovely Sunday.

Watercolour painting of stained glass sunset window in Marine Building

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