Well, here we are over a year later -- a year wiser. Last year was hectic to say the least -- even though they were all happy things (got married, threw a wedding party, and bought a condo in my dream neighbourhood) it left very little time for anything creative. Now things have settled down, I’ve settled down, and had a chance to look around and figure out how to fit Teacups and Spectacles into my life.
With encouragement from my family and friends, I’ve started drawing again, and have a few schemes in the works. This time I’m not going to wait for everything to be “perfect”, mostly because perfect doesn’t exist. (Even though it can feel like it on the internet.) A great quote I heard on a podcast (sadly I can’t attribute because I’m not sure who it was) -- don’t compare your now to someone’s else’s success. If you’re starting to paint, you won’t be Monet, if you’re starting a card line, you won’t be Rifle Paper Co. Things take effort, iteration, and time to evolve, but this shouldn’t be discouraging -- think how sad it would be to never start at all.
Perfectionism fuels procrastination, so there’s no place for that here. In fact, I’ve taken up the #100daysproject with the hashtag #100daysofkdoodling just to push myself to share my sketches, the imperfections, and occasionally a really bad idea. It feels great to just try new things and put them out there. It’s also a great way to start a habit, and make drawing a part of my daily life.
Anyways, that’s where I am right now. I have a notebook bursting with ideas, but I’m reigning them in. Maybe, just maybe, I had so many ideas that it’s taken five years to marinate them effectively. Either way, I feel ready to embark on the reanimation of Teacups and Spectacles, I’ve missed you, old friend.