Overlapping Pebbles

I have been working on an illustration commission that is giving me lots of “crisis of confidence” anxiety that has led to lots of mental blocks.  I, therefore, had to take a break and do something that was still arty but much looser, something that was not following a plan or a vision, just to be playful and make me feel less intense in my creativity.  Time to tootle around in my art journal then.  I used an Art Journal Adventure prompt of “23” because it allowed me to be abstract and just produce 23 of something without it all having to generate an overall illustration or coherent image.  Indeed, needing a break from illustration as I was, I didn’t use a pencil or a pen to create any sort of guidelines and just went straight in with a brush absolutely loaded with water and some paint.  What I ended up with was a collection of 23 (if I counted correctly!) overlapping pebble shapes.  They aren’t trying to communicate anything, they aren’t about anything, they are simply shapes on a page.  This page was just the quick liberating exercise I needed to recharge my batteries and return to the illustration job.

5 23 Pebbles