Late January through most of March

I think everyone would agree it’s been kind of a rough time the last few weeks. Prior to that I once again wasn’t feeling it. Work was too busy and when I would get home I just didn’t have the energy to do art. The closest I came to it was posting photos I took on my way to work.

View from my work

This did help motivate me though and keep me thinking.

A couple weeks ago I realized it had been a month since I’d done anything really artistic so I pulled out my sketchbook flipped through it until I found a page I’d tried to start and gave up on because I wasn’t “in the mood”. Ie, I can’t do it. It’s too hard <oh, whoo is me, boo hoo>. So I decided I would do it… and I did. It was rough, it was ugly, but it started me on the way out of my funk.

Isn’t that just the most awful thing you’ve seen?

That forlorn sketch got me to pick up my brush, wet my paints and do something. Also not a masterpiece but I did it.

Not a masterpiece. Don’t confuse it for the real deal

So having been kickstarted I pulled that trusty sketchbook out and I started doing thumbnails.

Thumbnails
More thumbnails

Those lead to actual drawings. Drawings are good. The most amazing thing out of it was that I actually started holding my lead holder the way I was taught to in college. Where was I? Oh yes, drawing. The drawing lead to my actually drawing out the whole painting and doing it right.

What is done properly?

Over the next few nights I would sneak in a few minutes before bed time. Things started coming together.

Washes, and boulders and stones oh my!

Then I hit the ugly stage. This is awful? Who would want to see this?? Trash it! No no, stick with the plan

To the bin with you! I’m not dead yet!

I had really wanted to add deer to this piece. I’ve never added them before. Not something close up and portrait like but mid to background range. So I did it. I’m pretty pleased with the final piece. I present to you “Spring Meadow”. Wow, I haven’t actually named a painting since college.

Spring Meadow 8.5×11.75″

As always comments welcome.

Keep doing art.

Clark

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