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With Passion and Verve

I met a ballerina last night – she was incredible: so flexible and nimble in the strongest but leanest of bodies, moving with the grace of the 15-year classically-trained ballerina that she is. It was an honor to be with her in the yoga class we both attended, and she will endlessly inspire me.

When I got home I started this sketch – it’s not of the dancer I met, but it’s inspired by her, by the passion I saw, the fire, and again, the grace.

DANCER

The power in the movement is contagious to me; my body hears the silent music and I must dance.

Can I say that this is my all-time-favorite of all the sketches I’ve done? I think so. I’m very proud of it, not in a boasting way (I can draw better than you) but simply because I see how far I’ve come and as the artist know exactly how much effort I put into it. Sure, it took longer than any of my others but it was so worth it!!

I do believe I am extremely happy with this one! πŸ™‚

It’s a Stretch

Inspired by the ballet photos I’ve been filing lately I decided to do one a little less danceΒ and more about the life behind the dancer. Everything I can think of takes practice – at least the things I admire. The ballerina can’t do the dance the routine without the endless hard work; the yogi can’t take scorpion without dedicated practice — everything takes time and effort. It’s a growth, a constant process.

So this is a glance at the stretching, the building, the patience that is developed behind that perfection.

Ballet stretch

 

And the prettiest thing to me in this sketch is that it is so imperfect. πŸ™‚ Every time I look at it I see another flaw – but I’m not fixing it. It’s a conscious decision to be satisfied. It’s accepting that my work is where it should be at this moment – if I draw it again, it will be different, it may be better in some areas, worse in others, but it’s the best of its kind right here and now.

Remember that every decision is a building block, accept it for what it is and work up from that foundation.Β 

I do believe I am happy with this one.

The Unattainable

What do people most often want the most? The unattainable. Think about it – it’s a huge tangent that I won’t go into here and now, but if your eyes are open to it you’ll see it all the time in today’s culture and society.

So that ties into this post because I always consider a split to be unattainable, which is why I so admire those who are able to do it. A standing split is also very difficult, butΒ I was recently challenged in my yoga practice to do FIFTEEN standing splits! It was intense, but it pushed my limits, and helped me to grow. To me, a standing split is the stepping stone to a split. It’s easier for me, it’s a whole different muscle group, a practice in and of itself.

I find that during the growing experience – those moments when you kind of hate whoever is telling you to keep going – it’s terrible: I keep having doubts, keep hearing myself muttering mild expletives as I try harder and harder. It’s not fun, it’s definitely not easy, but yet we do it anyway. And in the end, you feel great! Because you’ve either gone farther than you ever have before, or you’ve achieved a new goal, or you just feel like you’ve reached the full capacity of your abilities, and that’s an amazing feeling! At least it is to me, and if you’ve never felt that, I encourage you to push through, because the reward is great!

Alright, enough of that. After the rigorous and continuous standing split extravaganza of Tuesday night’s class I was inspired to draw the pose itself in its full expression (at least I think so). I am by no means here yet, but one day I hope to get there and possibly that will take me into trying a full split, grounded, like a pro. πŸ™‚

Standing Splits:

Standing Splits

The sketch itself isn’t perfect, it’s a little off with the angles, but you get the idea. I am really liking the rib cage on this one since I decided to black out the in-between lines. I think it adds depth.

I felt that I should name this guy, so I’m calling him Hobbles – as a nickname. His face certainly doesn’t imply a ‘Hobbles’.

I do believe I am very happy with this guy!