It’s that time of week again when I sip my tea while the rest of the family sleeps and go over my week in blog format. Good Morning!
Since this post is being written at the end of January and February is scratching at the sliding glass door, wanting to make its entrance, I figured I would review last month and set some learning goals for next month.
In January –
Read – Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth by Andrew Loomis (Review of it in February)
Thrawn By Timothy Zahn
Binge watched – The first two seasons of “The Expanse” (I absolutely LOVED it!)
Art Development Goals – I wanted to become more proficient at drawing the human figure. I practiced sketching and doing studies of both male and female figures. I also sketched well over a dozen heads, faces, and hands while paying close attention to their details with a couple of studies of each body part.
Two Final and Finished Pieces – I created two final pieces, one was a mock of an alien romance book cover that I created three times to study my use of three different mediums. After going over the results with my husband (To get a sense of what seemed to fit my own style and personality) we both came to the conclusion that my watercolor version seemed more like “me”. The second piece was a request from my youngest child to draw a dragon that represented my personality. Although this piece had nothing really to do with the human figure, it gave me a chance to incorporate my own emotions into the work and explore more of what my illustrative style seemed to be. The dragon sits on the top of a cliff, her back against a twisted and withered tree. She looks beyond the edge of the cliff with a pensive look on her face. She fears failure, ridicule, and the unknown. All things I am currently trying to address within myself. Will she venture beyond her safe vantage point? Let us hope.
Thoughts – Well, I’d like to say this was a kick butt kinda month and an awesome beginning of a brand spankin’ new year, but I felt as though I was trying the wade through the mud of self-doubt and insecurities. I resisted any feelings of satisfaction found in art and couldn’t shake my restless and dark feelings about myself. Some of this may be due to the dark and rainy weather this month but more than that, I think the weight of events in 2017 hasn’t lifted within my mind and I need to figure out a balance in life that will nurture my creative outlet, build self esteem, and help me get back into a more positive groove. To help me do this, I dumped Facebook and blocked nearly all friends and family members from my art accounts. It felt as though I cut an anchor loose. I couldn’t let go of my internal dialogue of how they must be judging my work and critiquing my skills. I found myself trying to appeal to their tastes so they would respect me more and not just doing what I want to do. No one knows I have done this, and I don’t anticipate them inquiring. I suppose I am going through a mid-life realization that I’ve spent too much time pleasing others (Since I was raised to believe the opinion of others was much more important than my own self-esteem) and not enough time figuring out who I actually am. I think, once I open up and become a more accurate version of myself, it will show up in my art. Lets hope that February will be filled with less mud and more revelation… speaking of next month…
Reading – The War of Art: Winning the Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (I want to finish it before I see the movie!)
Binge Watching – “The Man In The High Castle” (The first episode was intense!)
Art goals – I enjoy listening to podcasts while doing art (and housework) and “Artists Helping Artists” is a great podcast for all sorts of information. Leslie Saeta is one of the hosts and every year she does a 30 in 30 challenge. (thirty paintings in thirty days) This year the challenge begins on February 1st. So I will be challenging myself to look at a reference and paint it in 30 minutes. Basically I will be doing a 30 in 30 in 30 challenge. Hehe… I am doing this so I can spend some time playing and getting to know watercolor better. I’m hoping it will free me from being so focused on details and help me to be more loose and deliberate with my paint strokes. I will also continue to sketch and study the human figure. I’ve found that I try to avoid drawing and painting humans because I don’t like how my human subjects look, which means I need to practice drawing humans more! Hopefully I can get my children and husband to help me out and model for me. We’ll see!
Two Final Projects – Since I will have my watercolors out anyway, My plan is to do two final pieces depicting humans. I’d like to try and illustrate a Fairy Tale and a Science Fiction scene. It will be interesting to see what I come up with.
Also! (Drumroll) I recently made a sizable purchase from Dick Blick Art Materials and I look forward to doing a post of my unboxing! Who doesn’t love looking at new and shiny art supplies?
Hope you all had a wonderful first month of 2018!
Enjoy your creations!