The Line Cannot be Erased

Judy Schroeder is an outstanding California artist and gallery owner.  Her recent post “Keeler Jumble” on her new blog Watercolor Musings (go to for a look at great art in watercolor and other media and great insights into the creative process) spoke of a past mentor who “…urged me to work in pen in my sketchbooks, not pencil. The reason? So that the work would be permanent (pencil lines smudge over time) and so that I would be even more careful when I put down a line. You look carefully when you know the line cannot be erased.”

Now, this approach is not to disparage those who work in other media, but to encourage those who are “hung up” on fear of failure or perfectionism.  These hurdles can be overcome.

Judy’s last line is priceless wisdom, applicable to not only art but also to writing and even speaking as so much is recorded.  The approach OPENS innovation, creativity, free expression, use of talent, rather than stifling it!

With training, care and confidence through experience, the inked line can be placed with confidence, determination and integrity – as whatever the “inked line” means in YOUR forms of expression!

If you do not have that approach in your disciplines and expressions now, work on it – practice – while you maintain your basic skills, continuing education and life.  Do not wait too long, however, or look for perfection – or you will never take the plunge to the “inked line” that leads to expertise.

What is your inked line?


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