Making Progress Is Sucess

I could say “I am bad at making faces” and never attempt to make any. Or I could say, “The faces I make don’t look like a portrait artist’s, but I can continue practicing and maybe, some day, they’ll look good enough to me.”

Well, I’m choosing to say the latter. Each of these were made in under a minute on dictionary paper.

Why under a minute? Because I am not trying to perfect the art of portraiture. I am merely trying to loosen myself up, get over my fear and not think while I am sketching and coloring. The one-minute deadline allows me to go easy on myself. It forces me to work fast and be nimble.

It gives me permission to fail. And be ok with it…because when I look at these faces given the context of that one-minute time frame, I can say, “Heck, I did a pretty good job making a recognizable face!”

It’s not failure. It’s progress.

I don’t like these faces. Far from it. But I own them with pride. Because progress, in my books, is the same as success 🙂

Update: these faces are finding a home in my Opaque White Craft Plastic journal and I can’t wait to finish this project and share the final piece with you.

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Have you ever tried making faces with the timer on? Let me know in the comments.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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[…] one-minute portraits allowed me to go easy on myself. They forced me to go fast, be nimble, not overthink the process […]

Henriëtte
11 days ago

They look great Mansi, I see faces, I see art and I would say Wow!! under one minute Wow!
Much better then Picasso where I most of the time only think he painted a face becaus I see an eye LOL.
I can’t wait to see your journal.
Thank you so much for sharing, stay safe and have a wonderful day.

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