|Day 1: New Year Challenge|
Here I go again!
I am participating in another 31 day art challenge. This one is the
Strada Easel challenge which requires 31 paintings or drawings all done
from life. I like to participate in these challenges when I have more I
would like to achieve than completing a daily drawing or painting for a
month. I already know I can draw and paint everyday for a month as I
have done it several times over the past few years. I like to up the
ante with a personal challenge that pushes me to grow as an artist.
Because it is January and the weather can be
challenging here on the Oregon coast, I decided to do a daily wave
drawing. I can draw from the shelter of my car if need be. I will
actually be combining drawing and painting. The drawings will be wave
studies in water soluble graphite and white gouache on Strathmore toned
gray mixed media paper. The mixed media is heavy enough to take the
water without buckling.
I have painted hundreds of wave studies over the
years and I still have so much to learn. I am keeping the drawings more
or less shades of gray which allows me to focus on value, composition,
and hone my wave drawing skills. I still have so much to work on!
I also will be taking color notes while I am out
drawing. I intend to bring all this information back to the studio and
translate them into small paintings. I may continue on with larger
paintings from those. My ultimate intention is to start interpreting my
own vision through the waves. I am not exactly sure where this will take
me but I know it is all good!
My animal drawing, anatomy studies, and paintings
will continue. I spent yesterday, New Year's Eve, at the Oregon Zoo
visiting and sketching my favorite Cheetah sisters and the other animals
that braved the cold temperatures.
I have a lot of plans, goals, dreams, and hard
work ahead of me for 2019. I hope everyone reading this also is digging
into 2019 for your creative life and your good health.
Here is to the creative journey and good health!