Lately, I have been really struggling to find the time to do art! It’s spring, for real, now, here in Pennsylvania and I suspect that has something to do with it! I home school my three kids that also has something to do with it – a lot, actually!
And so, there have been more days than usual where I reach the last couple of hours of the day and I realise ~ I didn’t do any Art today!! Sometimes that realization spurs me on to a quick, 45 minute session and other times I go to try, and find I am just too exhausted to focus.
Still – until life calms down a bit – I try to do my best to ‘show up’ most days and do something, even if it is just a little. A quick face from https://pixabay.com ; a preliminary sketch of a new idea, an art challenge from the art forum I belong to (http://www.jwjonline.net/JWJforum/)
A lot of this kind of thing is what is considered to be deliberate practice – time I spend alone, wrestling with areas that I deem in need of work and improvement. Faces and figures, that is what I work on as the focus of my practice. I practice other things too, but not as consistently. The picture above is from my almost weekly hour or so on https://line-of-action.com (which I am sure you have heard me mention before on at least a couple of occasions in the last two months!) This time I thought I would change it up by using Raw Umber and Titanium Acrylic paint on a toned background (sort of a ploy to keep myself picking up my brushes a bit more often too!) I am happy to say I am finally done with my sloppy old tube of W&N Galeria Titanium White and have now cracked open a large pot of the same colour in W&N Pro instead…It’s lovely! Titanium White is the must have of Acrylic painters – so splash out and get some good quality stuff!
Gestural figure painting worked awesomely and was FUN!! Gesture drawing with a paint brush ~ Must do THAT again and soon!
What do YOU do to keep it fresh and keep showing up to practice at the things you find challenging?