The practice of drawing is about fully immersing ourselves in the present moment.
In this moment, we explore our sensory experience. In this moment, we may allow ourselves to wander in the world of imagination, or ideas, or the appreciation of something beautiful or striking, or just simply feel the movement of our hand touching pencil to paper.
This moment is everything, and we can deeply connect with it, through drawing practice.
It is the practice to which we attach ourselves. Not the end result.
The end result, the drawing, is of lesser importance than the practice of drawing.
The artwork, the product, is nothing in comparison to the artist's experience of creating.
The practice is the true art.
YOU are the true art.
"Art is not a thing, it is a way"
- Elbert Hubbard
As humans, we all want to attain perfection. And, as humans, we will never achieve perfection.
But through practice, we will get closer. We will get better.
There are no shortcuts to improvement. There is only practice.
Practice saying "this is just for practice."
Let go of your expectations of how you think your drawing should look. Be OK with whatever happens, and stay in the moment, through every moment of the practice.
Love the practice, and it won't matter what your drawing looks like.
Know that every artist makes a lot of unattractive, awkward drawings.
The better the artist, the more of these drawings they have made. They keep practicing and persevering through the failures and frustrations, because they know that they will eventually improve.
They keep practicing, because they love the practice, and they learn and grow from it, through the difficult days and the good days.
The worst drawings you make will be your best teachers. They will show you how you will do it differently next time.
Expect imperfection, embrace it, and allow it to teach you and focus you.
Can you love yourself through the practice? Can you love yourself as an imperfect being, working toward becoming more perfect?
Can you honor your courage, your dreams, your willingness to try and see what happens?
Can you allow yourself to let go, and stick with the process through your doubts and fears?
Can you love yourself no matter how things turn out?
Practice this accepting and loving approach, and keep moving forward.