new direction

1925A80B-6D37-42AD-B516-7D176668A273.jpegI set myself a “curriculum” (sorry, former teacher) of portraits, then figures. Finished the sixth figure.

Now what? I used up what was left over on my palette for this:6385DEF4-745A-4B3D-B689-680C3576080C.jpeg

It will be fun finding out what’s next.

Inktober

5E3F986F-9640-486E-AC29-40DFDEC983A9I don’t use pen and ink much at all. It’s wonderful – but I haven’t. I was aware of “Inktober” which is a daily challenge to draw with ink and post drawings online. A different word is given as a daily prompt. I participated this year, with a small online community and just finished. I’m posting some of my favorites below! You’re welcome to guess which prompt goes with which drawing.

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last figure for now

So here’s my last of five figures, all painted from photos from the Croquis Cafe art model resource online. I ended up feeling like the photos had less detail than I had in doing (face) portraits. Next I need to find some live models and try it out!

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making things up

This is personal. “Bring yourself in,” said my drawing teacher in Portland. To bring myself in takes practice, trust, humility, diminished ego, diminished fears, quieted judgement and self- criticism. That same teacher urged us to separate creating from judging. The judging mind cannot create, he’d say.

I’ve been working with delightful and generous friends, painting their portraits. I’ve begun to learn about working with live people, including realizing I don’t have their permission to post their portraits without their say-so. So I’ll get back to that!

Meanwhile, a day spent on opening up to finding myself in pencil and paint.

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