This is soft pastel on watercolor paper (140 pound cold press, around 8×5 inches). I’m frustrated with subject matter in general, & I want to get away from head shots (I crank these out because it’s easy). I’m half tempted to start resorting to models again. Mostly I draw from my imagination with very few references, using memory as inspiration. This has drawbacks, because eventually all you’re doing is repeating yourself, it’s like mumbling something over and over that you already know. The problem with models though is arranging a time, and I can’t afford to hire anyone anyway. I do like the portrait narrative though, and I haven’t doodled over anything yet that interests me as much. I’ll just work & explore until something else comes up.
So yeah… December. Nearing that year end business. I’d say at this point I’m entering a flux, a crossroads if you will. For most of this year I’ve been dealing with my body rebelling, and now that I’m on my 3rd round of antibiotics (long story short, I apparently have had a sinus infection for over a year) I am starting to feel better. Well, at least a bit more positive. I’m having less problems with my vision now, and I’m ready and needing to make work. There’s a show im taking part in in January & I have other stuff to prepare for. I have to finish what I’ve started and make new work, lots of new work.
I’ll admit though to feeling completely blocked.
So, here’s a thing I don’t get.
Why are people afraid to experiment?
Well, tomorrow begins Urban Scrawl. For folks TL;DR, me and a mess of other artists will get a 4 x 8 foot panel and will have 2 days to paint it. Folks can come watch us, or watch the break dancers or listen to the live DJs and drink beer and eat gourmet food truck food.