Last night I didn’t spend as much time on art as I would like, just 1 hour of figure drawing. For some reason I was almost falling asleep right at 6pm, so I kept it short.
There is an interesting dichotomy that I think exists within most artists. We love to do art, but lots of times we just don’t feel like it. I’m not sure how we can love something yet not feel like doing it, but it happens. Luckily I know a cure… Wow, that sounded like a sales pitch… Ok, I don’t know a “cure” but I do know what works for me, and it may work for you.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a landscape and I have forgotten how wonderful it can be. Surrounded by nothing but nature I was able to lose myself and focus deeply on this pacific rim landscape.
It is said that leaving your comfort zone allows you to grow. What isn’t mentioned is how nerve-racking it is at the beginning. This morning in life drawing I was responsible for timing the model and I found it difficult to watch the time and draw at the same time. Plus I was changing up the normal pose format so I feared an artist revolt.
This is my second time doing an anatomy overlay with tracing paper and I think it may be one of the best ways to learn human anatomy. This overlay was all about the back of the arm and even though there are some complex muscles I was able to simplify it with the overlays.
Today I’m doing something different. In my sad attempt to emulate James Gurney I’m going on location with my gouache paints and painting a landscape. My wife and I have been to this soccer field several time and I have never seen anyone sitting on this lonely bench. So I wanted to try to capture the idea of loneliness.
Tonight my time was limited, I’m constantly amazed at how often this happens, so I spent an hour doing a self portrait. It’s been a while since I’ve done one and I definitely need more time to create one that I’m happy with.
After the short art session last night I was determined to get some real time in today. After quite a bit of time coming up with an interesting composition I ended up with a painting that I’m happy with called “Hatched”.
I didn’t get a lot of art time in today because my wife and I attended the Bard and Brew showing of Henry V at the Tap Room tonight and it was amazing.
Sunday’s are supposed to be my day to focus on landscape painting but today it was very rainy and cold so traveling to a location and painting was out of the question. I focused on still life instead. Orange balance looks like such a simple painting to do but again I was surprised at how the simplistic could be challenging.