Have you ever tried combining your routine and stretches to good up beat jazz? Just let it move a little bit? Shake it out between poses? This is really good for lifting ones spirits. So is getting outside to sketch:
Back from a walk down the lane and a brief moment sketching by the pond I’ll try again to establish a better attitude toward life in general. I seem to be looking at a raft of failures in everything I’ve tried to do but I guess that will change if I find a different approach.
Here are some of my recent trials and errors in ceramics:
The hand built pieces seem prone to warping in the firing-something I never experienced with wheel thrown pieces.
And in watercolor:
There are more on the back sides of no matter
I have learned a great deal from these on how the paint moves now I think I need to use a different paper, one that doesn’t buckle.
It’s a beautiful day. I’m thinking of you and i send a prayer out that your day will be fulfilling and creative.
It has been raining poems here but they are much too personal to share besides this blog is supposed to be about watercolor and I am still struggling with trees! I’ll practice YES (yoga, exercise, and sketching) this morning then lose myself in the basement working with clay this afternoon
Last night I finally got myself back to a figure drawing session. This is the watercolor sketch which came out of the evening.
Sessions usually consist of 10 very dynamic 2 minute poses followed by several 5 minute poses and 10 minute poses and ending with a long pose which the model will hold for 2 or possibly 3 20 minute sessions. I usually work in charcoal or pencil for the short poses concentrating on various aspects of the pose or parts of the model and then switch to watercolor for the long pose. Sometimes I work directly in pen (sharpie) when I am feeling confident. This time I was struggling just to be there and draw at all so I am pleased to have done this much. I always work large this one is 18”x24”. The paper is 100 lb Bristol –very unforgiving worked vertically on an easel so one can not really use washes or flood the paper. got back rather late so-
No watercolor today but I did do a bit of work in the ceramics studio between my walk and a visit to the doctors. I need to do the mares tails clouds I saw this morning. Images like this sit on my mind and literally keep me awake-how can I get them to happen in watercolor?
Angel in the dust
(and yes, last nights model really is this “well endowed”)