Perfect subject -- hair.
So I followed the directions and gave each blob a different type of hair.
Then at the end I was supposed to pick which one I liked the best, which one I liked the least.
OK, I have no idea if I can express why this did so much in me but I will try.
The best one I liked was the messy one. It was fun to do -- just a bunch of very fast scribbling.
The one I liked the least was the long, flowy hair.
This surprised me. It isn't because my long, flowy hair isn't that great (it isn't), but it wasn't that interesting to do. It was kind of dull. Not that long, flowy hair is dull in real life -- it isn't. It is what I have wanted my whole life. I have had thin fine straight as straight hair my whole life. As a girl I so wanted princess hair. I wanted that thick shiny wavy golden hair my cousin had. Instead I had plain brown straight hair that didn't do anything.
These days I'm just glad to have hair!
But I realize that I often, with the characters I draw, I give them long hair. I haven't in the past done these other kinds of pen strokes with their hair.
It also helps me appreciate the variety in life! God loves variety. That's why we all don't have princess hair. The other kinds are fun to create too.
Anyway, that all probably sounds silly. It is more than hair. I guess we will have to stick with the thought that sometimes simple exercises, simple things we do have profound effects on our hearts.