The fear of the blank page – starting a new sketch book.

If there’s one thing any artist or writer will tell you, it’s that there is nothing more terrifying than a blank page. The potential for ideas is phenomenal. A blank page can be literally anything. There is power in shaping it’s structure. But will it be a great creation or something best confined to the rubbish bin?

If you have an idea, it’s fine. But when the dreaded block appears, abject terror sets in! What shall I do? Should I experiment with something new or work on a carefully crafted creation? You can think of nothing, zip, nothing, nada!

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, imagine starting a new sketchbook, a really nice one. The feeling is multiplied. It’s not just fear it’s fear cubed! The first page is always the worst! Psychologically there’s a desire for perfection. First impressions are everything after all!

So it was yesterday I was presented with this!

The new sketchbook

I ummed,

I arrrred,

I procrastinated!

I had an idea!…

No, it wasn’t right!

I had another idea!…

Not enough time! Or was there?

Finally I just picked up a pen and drew what was outside the window, this was the result! I had to work fast. It was already after sunset.

First sketch

So the book is started! Only another 79 pages to go!

Is there a more scary point than starting a new sketchbook?

Perhaps finishing? But more of that tomorrow!

About CathyReadArt

Artist creating abstract art using mixed media. I believe there should be beauty in art, but sometimes it takes an artist to show others what is truly beautiful.
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