I love doodles but I’m not a natural doodler. I never doodled on my class notes or my PeeChee folder. I don’t doodle on my agenda in meetings. I have to think about doodling. Weird, I know. But I love doodles and I want to make them, so I’m practicing.
I’m learning that even when I make a mistake or draw something crappy it looks better if I fill the page and add details.
So I’m practicing filling the page and adding details.
I’m also practicing being brave about my art. A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to show my work to a gallery to see if they liked it. Terrifying. I don’t even like calling people on the phone, never mind all the fears about putting my art out for people to love or hate. And really, I don’t feel like I’m ready to be in a gallery. But I’m also practicing going with the flow and taking opportunities when they are offered. So I made an appointment. And then I felt like I was going to throw up. But I went to the appointment and it went well.
They don’t have room for my work right now but they want me to teach! Which is what I really want to do right now! I’m ready to teach, far more than I’m ready to exhibit. Teaching is on my map for this year. And now I have an opportunity because I practiced being brave.
And honestly, I’m just so happy with myself for making that appointment. Because hard, scary things get easier with practice.