Hobbies: Finding the right fit
You get to choose
Rummaging through some old files looking for one thing, I found another. This unfinished watercolor birdhouse. The picture in my mind was not matching the picture on the paper.
So I switched gears.
I haven't had a lot of experience with watercolor, and I was frustrated. So I quit and went back to what I am comfortable with, collage.
When I look at the watercolor today, it's not as bad as I thought it was at the time. Should I have stayed with it, tried harder? Good question.
When you choose to pursue a new hobby or pastime, it's hard to know how well it's going to go. Hard to know whether or not you're going like it, be good at it, or stick with it.
But it's only in the doing that we find answers.
While it's important to challenge yourself, it's also important not to pursue things you're not enjoying.
After all, one of the best things about hobbies is that you get to choose what to do, how to do it, and for how long. How often does that happen?
Experimenting with watercolor was interesting for a bit, but I've never been as pleased with the results as I have been with collage work. My failure with watercolor is what led me to collage.
With my collage work, the results are perfectly imperfect. I can create something that I'm proud of. With watercolor, I always felt as though it could have, should have been better.
It took a while for me to find a groove with the collage work, but unlike watercolor, I stick with it until I get it right.
Coming up, I'll post the collage I did.
In the meantime, how about you ... do you have hobbies that were not the right fit? Are they worth revisiting, or have you moved on?
And, remember, May is all about birds and birding. If you've got artwork, writing, images, or other expressions of art, share them. I'd love to see what you're working on. You can get in touch here.
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