Fast Forward!

Holy cow. It’s been a while – AGAIN!

I have been accepted to a few Art and Wine festivals in the bay area- notably, Menlo Summerfest and Los Altos Art & Wine. I believe that these venues will provide better connections with patrons. I’m excited to meet so many new people and see familiar faces.

I’ve ordered a new set of prints of avocados, cats, lights, landscapes, and hand mixers.

My husband and I have bought a house in Pacifica, CA. We’re homeowners! Such a huge year for us – we are both turning 30. Our careers are blossoming, and we’ve adopted a second cat. It turns out when we decide to do things we go hard.

In other fantastic news, I’ve been accepted to the Sanchez Art Center annual 50/50 show. I will be crafting 50 paintings in 50 days. It seems daunting, but I think it is very possible.  More information to come! I start June 1.

This weekend I will be at Treasure Fest near the 3rd street entrance. Please pop in and say hi. 🙂

Last painting of 2016

My last painting of 2016 was completed on December 31.

What do I circle back to? A blender, of course. Acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord- one of the most responsive materials that I have ever used. Rosemary Brushes and Gessobord are a match made in heaven!

This year I’m going to try to sell more art. Last year I sold three pieces without putting too much effort in, so this year I’m going to hustle.

I’ve reopened my Etsy, just waiting on a name change to finalize.

In my personal life I’ve got a few updates – my husband and I just moved from San Jose to Redwood City to shorten our commutes by 45 minutes each way. I can bike to work, and we just built a portfolio carrier for my bicycle based on this Instructable which should work really well! I’ll be taking a figure drawing class through Stanford Continuing Studies this next quarter.

When we moved we ditched the TV and it’s been a month. I haven’t missed it yet.

 

Charcoal Portraiture part 2

I had the chance to copy the likeness of John A. Carrasco (model mayhem) for two sessions and here is the result. I am astonished when I look at this. The level of detail that I was able to pack in amazes me.

My portrait class is now done. I’ll be exploring figure drawing in charcoal in January.

I hope you enjoy.

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Portraiture in Charcoal

I’ve been silent for a month, forgive me. I’m not sure if I’m asking for forgiveness from you or from myself for neglecting to update.

I’ve been taking a class at Stanford on portrait drawing with John Peck and I have come to enjoy it more than I thought I would. Before I had never invested any time in portraits out of fear. I took this class because of that fear, and while there is still much to improve on I have pleasantly surprised myself.

I’m using Canson Mi-Tientes toned paper and Nitram charcoal.

First session:

Second session:

 

Third session:

 

…and the most recent session. I neglected to take a picture of the 4th, so here is the 5th:

 

However, I have been putting minimal effort towards my homework, either out of travel out of town, laziness, or exhaustion. My teacher appropriately called me out on it and I will work harder.

 

It is fun to see the progression from the first class onward. Looking forward to a new model this week.

Feeling Fine

After a long time spent stepping down on my antidepressants today I got the OK to stop. Here’s hoping that 2.5 mg isn’t a huge step to 0. I am not a fan of brain zaps or dizziness.

Examining my mood charts from the meditation app that I use, Stop Breathe Think, has been enlightening. A few months ago I would never have chose the emotions that I choose now. I am grateful, happy, relaxed, and focused. Lifting weights has helped with that immensely, as well as acknowledging my emotions and offering them validity (or reconciling with those that may not be quite as valid). I am in control. I feel like I have the power to change things around me and speak up when something isn’t right.

 

This feeling is good.