Figuary

Maybe you’ve heard of Inktober? It’s a daily challenge to draw with ink every day in October. Now we have Figuary, a friendly challenge to draw from a human model each day. One organization (Love Life Drawing) has daily drawing instruction and one has video of models in timed poses (Croquis Cafe).

Here is my 5 min sketch for today:

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And here is my No. 1 art assistant:

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figures with backgrounds

In the past, I’ve done portraits and figures and tried to invent the background. Not always successfully, not always effectively. And not really understanding what the problem is/was.

Now I’m working on figures WITH backgrounds (from photos) that make some good compositional sense.

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snow week

With some jobs, you get a snow day. I took a snow week. (Hey, there’s still snow in my yard – that counts.) Didn’t get to the studio to paint, but sketched on light rail and painted one chicken this week.

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resolved

You know that procrastination you do about that thing that scares you? I joined a Meet Up group online that lists local live model figure drawing classes weekly. Week after week I received the notices. After week. After week. Then I made it a New Year’s resolution to go. Today I did. It was easy, perfect, relaxed, serious. Yay!

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play day

At the studio an art session was offered for the kids in the neighborhood. One child showed up. She was welcomed and then given a ten foot roll of paper on the floor, markers, crayons, pencils. She was happy for an hour.

I decided to give myself a play day. Warmed up with graphite mark-making session, then my fav – a charcoal portrait, then got the acrylic paints out for experiments. A tight poet laureate, Donald Hall, and a loose idea of a horse’s back.

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blue tape philosophy

A post on Facebook declared that Picasso created about 50,000 art works, of which 100 today are known/valued. The point of the post was that art is a numbers game – and not every thing you make is going to be quality, revolutionary, evanescent.

But you/I will have made it.

I regularly put stuff up that I’ve made – but not framed – I put it up with blue painter’s tape. I’m looking at it, I’m thinking about it, but I see it all as practice and learning. It’s rarely a finished product.

That being said, I can also still get moody – up-moody or down-moody about the process, my stuff. Helps to notice that, and remember that the critical mind cannot make a damn thing.

chairs, oil, 9×12 inches

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