The Fear of Running Out

I’ve spent years taking snaps of things I find visually interesting in addition to taking proper landscape photos. This has given me a wealth of reference material for sketching.

However, this comes with an interesting neurosis — the fear of running out of things to draw. This is so ridiculously irrational. As of writing this, I have a folder of over 550 reference photos that I have picked out as potential material for sketching — and that’s just a cursory browse of my photo collection, and it doesn’t include scenes I would choose for paintings. Plus, I know I could go out for a wander with my camera tomorrow, and easily find at least another ten more sketching subjects.

… and yet that fear of running out still niggles at me!

In reality, it would take me a year and a half of daily sketching, creating finished pieces out of each reference photo to get through those. If I did create that many pieces of finished art in the space of 18 months, I really don’t think it would be a concern. I’d like to think I’d be feeling a sense of achievement from being so prolific, not worrying about silly things.

The mind works in strange ways. I can’t believe this shit takes up mental space!

Published by Chris

Landscape artist Chris Richards lives on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Ystradgynlais. Chris works mainly in oils, but also dabbles with acrylics, ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels.

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