I used to be the type of person that only read one book at a time, or perhaps two if one was fiction and the other was non-fiction. I don't know what has gotten into me in recently, but in the last couple of years I have begun reading more like three to five books at a time. (You can check me out on GoodReads to see what I'm currently reading).
I'm that way with art projects now too. I used to work on the same piece for months, but now I draw quicker and have a handful of projects and series going on at once.
I think it's a confidence thing. With reading, when I'd limit myself it was because I didn't want to confuse myself. But now I know that I can keep track of all those different books and will be able to finish them. Same with my creative projects.
I would probably finish a project quicker if I just focused on it exclusively until it was finished, but that can get boring.
So let's take stock of what I have cooking.
First there's my state bird series. I've drawn 17 so far, the last being Louisiana back in August. Even though I haven't drawn another state bird since then, I have been slooowwly adding the ones I do have to my Etsy shop as art prints. And I definitely plan to complete this series. Eventually....
Next there's the children's book I'm illustrating for my friend, Raquel. I try and work on this a bit each week and I'm truly almost done with the illustrations. I've learned a lot working on this, as I've never illustrated a children's book before.
Then there's my Mt. Hood wildflower drawing series (can you tell I like lists?). I'm in the midst of drawing my third flower now, the bunchberry dogwood.
Finally, there is my ocean-themed coloring book. My goal is to have 20 drawings in this book and so far I have five (my latest one was November's free printable coloring sheet for all my newsletter subscribers. If you aren't subscribed already, don't miss out on the next one.)
I'm slowly plugging away on those four personal projects. In the midst of that, commissions and other flights of fancy come up. And that's ok, because there is no due date for my personal projects. It's about the journey, right?
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