Step Out of the Forest

"Step Out Of The Forest" by Debi Payne
“Step Out Of The Forest” by Debi Payne

When I am working on a piece of art, I am usually sitting really close to it, and I get drawn into the drawing as I am working on tedious and tiny details that are only inches away from my eyes.  I love the feeling of being so drawn into a piece of art that I only see the tiny line that I am working on at the time.  However, when I spend too much time working on just one tiny detail I start to lose focus of the overall drawing.  When that happens I back away from the drawing and look at it from a distance.  Once I am able to look at the entire picture, I am then able to figure out which direction the line needs to go or what I need to do to make the drawing better.  Once I have determined what I need to do, I then go back to working on the detail up close again.  When I am working on a drawing I may do this a hundred times.

Although this is a basic lesson that all artist learn, this is a very good lesson that we all should apply to our lives.  When you are in a situation and something just isn’t flowing or working out, do you keep struggling with it to make it work, or do you take a step back and look at the whole picture to figure out which direction you need to go in next?

So often we all get so hung up on little details that we lose sight of the overall situation.  If we could be like an artist and learn to pull back and survey the entire situation, we might spend less time spinning our wheels and going in circles, and our problems could be solved in a straighter path and in less time.

If you need a little something to remind you to back away from a problem so you can see the whole picture to help you determine what you need to do next, just click here to see products with this drawing.  Happy shopping!

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