Illustration Friday challenge REPEAT

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The twins

Illustration Friday Topic REPEAT

Oh don’t get me started on that word. Everything I do lately I need to repeat, rewrite or redraw. The word resonated with me BIG time.

I guess the more I realise my dreams. The more I know, I need to sharpen my skills and give it one hundred percent. The word repeat is a word we all identify with. If we are not repeating, we are not learning and evolving. I will always have a passion to learn, even when I’m eighty.

I have painted these cows before, but this time I wanted to use colour pencils. I think they came up better in the painting. It was fun to try a different medium. The reason I sketched them for this challenge is I think they are twins. They have similar markings. I felt like I had to repeat the same cow twice.

I hope when you have to repeat something you will smile and say its okay, I am making it the best it can be.

Happy weekend, it is almost upon us. Tell me about something you had to repeat over and over? Learning new skills is rewarding when we see how far we have come.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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56 Responses to Illustration Friday challenge REPEAT

  1. Joan says:

    The old saying practice makes perfect is true. I just read an article about what it takes to be an author. It’s writing. Over and over again. Writing when you don’t feel like writing and writing when you do feel like it.

    I love the twins! Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Not only are you honing your skill, but you’re always growing as an artist and so what can seem like failure is actually growth. It’s taken me a long time to learn that and not berate myself over having to repeat what I thought I’d mastered. No…there’s always room for growth and now I’ve come to see that’s a good thing. You’re doing great! πŸ™‚

    • Christina you are wise beyond your years. Growth, indeed I know I have refined my skills and there will always be something new I need to learn. Thank you for the encouragement it means a lot to me. This creative life I can feel so isolated at times. I am thankful for my internet buddies who keep me grounded.

  3. Aw…I love these guys, Kath! They look so curious…great job! I wish I had your talent!
    I suppose when it comes to repeating something over and over, it would be my stories that are rewritten and rewritten until I’m either satisfied or I hate it and end up ditching it. πŸ™‚

  4. Meditation – it’s not natural or easy for me. I’m not even sure I like it and I often forget to do it. I know that just as I had to keep repeating morning exercises until it became a habit, I will have to repeat morning meditation. ❀

    Love the cow twins!
    Diana xo

  5. I love all your artwork Kath, you have much talent. I am thinking of attempting do draw or paint, but I have no gift for it and have never felt inclined to try, so why I want to try now when my writing hand has been stolen by MS I don’t know. Perhaps it is all part of the not about to give up on life attitude, rather embrace it and have a go. I wish you lived near, you could be my guide. My son in law said he will sit with me and help me to get started. I am in the dark completely with it and I expect to be repeating plenty of times! I love this drawing of the two cows, they have such lovely faces 😊. I wouldn’t know where to start. You are very clever.

    • Christine my father use to watch me drawing when I was younger and say…teach me. I would reply……all you have to do is start dad and be inspired. He did start and I have one of his flower paintings on my wall, he never quite finished it, but I was proud of him for having a go. I can’t wait to hear about your experience. Art is different for everybody and the thing is, it makes me feel alive when I am creating it. I hope it can help you feel inspired, even on the days your body fails you. Art may lift you up.

  6. You keep going, Kath, and do what you need to do. Sometimes we get a false picture that an “artist” can just whip out something with very little work. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even if someone is at the skill level where they can almost effortlessly produce beautiful work, it took real, diligent effort, drilling, practice and persistence to get to that point. I love your twins.

    • Susan funny you should say keep going, I printed out a pic of my cat Spice, the one in the popcorn bucket, because it is my favourite and underneath it I wrote KEEP GOING KATH to remind me on the not so easy days I have to show up and keep at it. I almost gave up on these two as I preferred my painting and my daughter said no, its not finished mum…keep going. The universe is sending me those kinds of messages all the time and I thank you for always supporting me.

  7. Kath, don’t be so hard on yourself! I am guilty of the same, but I’ve learned (well, generally), to just keep going and not look back on my older work and say it’s not good enough (or downright bad). I LOVE your work because it is beautiful, sweet, and has a sense of innocence. And it always makes me feel better. It’s also important to realize that the effect your work has on people is at least as important as how technically good it is. πŸ™‚

  8. I love the twins too, Kath, so sweet. The task that I have had to repeat a lot lately is rewriting my query letters for my novel. I enjoy it, but sometimes it gives me a headache. ;D

  9. diannegray says:

    The twins are lovely, Kath – well done! πŸ˜€

    I repeat cleaning my kitchen every morning (why doesn’t it just stay clean?) lol πŸ˜‰

    • Oh Dianne there are many domestic things I wish I did not have to repeat day in and day out. Imagine how much more time we would have for creating if we did not have to do the mundane stuff.

  10. Alisa Belzil says:

    Twin cows! How charming! I love the textures and richness of your colored pencils. Were these your colorsoft pencils? I’m actually repeating the exercises in one of my first art books to strengthen and re-learn elements of drawing (Drawing on the right Side of the Brain). Re-reading, re-working, re-minding … You are so right about re-petition.

    • Alisa if you read the comments above Naomi commented about how my art makes her feel. Well I guess its like when I see your art. It lifts my soul, and I look forward in seeing what you are up to. Imagine a world without that? So I guess we will continue to repeat and grow and you will continue to put a smile on my face with your creations.

  11. restlessjo says:

    This is another of the many skills I have not mastered, Kath. Should I say ‘yet?’ There’s still time but I need to get a wiggle on. πŸ™‚

  12. leamuse says:

    Hi Kath! Looking at the twins again, I am glad that they are not identical. A nod to individuality which I do appreciate. Will they appear in Sugar & Spice or featured elsewhere in a future delight? As you say, never stop learning. My great aunt didn’t and that was at 101 she was still reading two newspapers each morning over her coffee.

  13. Judy says:

    I find with art or photography that ‘repeating’ definitely does not mean ‘the same’! Each time you paint or draw the same subject it has a different nuance..especially with different media. Times when I’ve thought my picture was close but no cigar, as they say, and tried to go out and repeat the capture…even a static one like say a lighthouse rather than a bird…it is always a new thing. But, proficiency still gets better for the effort. That is why though it the light is good and circumstances great, get it right then because returning later will bring something quite different. Or am I repeating myself?? πŸ™‚

    I always love your drawings and your colors. I say I photograph because I can’t draw but the other day bought some drawing paper and some water color pencils and a brush. Was thinking to give it a try but may have to do a tracing first!! If it doesn’t pan out I have a lovely niece who can draw very, very well to pass those supplies along to. Big sigh!!

    Thanks for sharing your adventures in art!!

    • Judy first I need inspiration and that usually comes from an image or photo that I take. I have redrawn my images for my picture book many times and each one is different and better somehow. My husband took this photo and I don’t think the drawing does it justice, but it does give it a new look. Good luck experimenting its fun, you have a creative eye through your photographs, now to find one that inspires you further, to draw or paint it. Most of all enjoy yourself, art is in the eye of the beholder.

      • Judy says:

        I can see that. I would use the camera captures for inspiration for art absolutely. Hoping I may be better at tonal shading than drawing shapes freehand. I think the cows do look great!!

  14. Your cows are so sweet. Love that they might be twins too. I’ve been learning Photoshop for the last six months and there’s been a lot of repetition! And bookmarking specific lessons–because when I do something only once, I tend to forget it. Happy creating (and repeating)! πŸ™‚

    • I remember photo shop and would need to re-read the manual myself now if I wished to use it. I would also love to have a play in illustrator as it has been some time since I used my graphic design skills. Hoping to combine the two one day Coleen. I also need to repeat things to store them in my leaky brain.

  15. I need to see them side-by-side to decide. I love these colored pencil drawings, but maybe I felt that way about the other. I almost went through your blog looking for it–and then I slapped myself back to reality.

  16. I love the twins! (I think you already know about my cow obsession.) They seem like they are looking right at me, just waiting for a hug. : )

  17. Practice make perfect … well … sometimes. I repeat many things. I try not to fuss about it.
    It can turn out better the 2nd time … or not. The main thing is to enjoy whatever it is and not chastise the process. I love the drawing. Cows are an interesting subject matter. πŸ˜ƒ

  18. Kath, I love your artwork. It’s always a pleasure when your pictures show up in my Facebook feed. Repeat what works and rewrite what doesn’t is important in my novel editing these days. I’m trying to remember to keep a balance and not just focus on what needs to be redone–but also on what’s good…so that I can repeat it.

    Blessings as you repeat your lovely artwork ~ Wendy ❀

  19. I’ve done a lot of repeating mistakes in my life. But I guess that means when I finally stop repeating, I really have learned what I needed to!

  20. REPETITION….That’s how I exercise everyday. Repetition makes our bodies strong. And repeating makes us clever. Or it should.
    In writing and drawing and pottery we learn by repeating. Love your twin cows. A few days ago J and I went for a drive and we saw a field with sheep. All had either twins or triplets. We’ve never seen triplet lambs. The farmer must be pleased.
    We’ve never seen twin whale calves. I wonder if it’s possible for them to have twins.

    • Hello dear friend if I ever witnessed seeing twin whale calves you would hear about here for sure. Repetition is my life at the moment and I am learning many things by doing this.

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