It’s been a tough year at Chez Jerrard. Unexpected relocation of home and studio as yet unresolved.

I’ve tried to use this time to refocus creatively. The frustration has thrown up some emotions. I am always a little irritated with my search for perfectionism, a trait which can reduce my enjoyment of drawing. Possibly linked with working and creating images for others above myself. *This is where your own sketchbook can really help, to allow yourself to create sketches that serve no purpose.

As I find myself completely displaced and unsure of the future or what has brought us to this point. I have chosen to undermine my abilities by drawing with my less dominant hand. This process is strangely fun as if someone else is working with me…it’s clear the hand to eye relationship is the strongest link but I am unable to create the perfect line making the image a little more random / chaotic.

The process is intriguing and I begin to dig a little deeper into why I’m enjoying it. Perhaps I’m angry with myself / the world for screwing up our life…by limiting my abilities to draw could I be venting my frustrations or perhaps I simply try too hard and this technique prevents that. Am I looking for answers when none are needed? Trust the process and keep moving forward often seems the best course of action.

Apparently the best art comes from our struggles so lets see where this takes me. If life has taught me anything it’s that there’s always worse to come and it’s important to take time to be grateful for what you have.

Left Handed

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Cherie X

Typed with both hands !

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