More pastel media tests

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.

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These other two are pastel & India ink
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Standing while moving

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.
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Press the button

So, here’s a thing I don’t get.

Why are people afraid to experiment?
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Finish me!

So, personal stuff is going on and it’s making it not easy to focus on long term projects. I hate to make excuses, but anyone who says that artists thrive in adversity was full of shit.
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Urban Scrawl PT 2, panel complete.

Materials used: Montana gold spraypaint, blickcrylic & golden acrylic paint, acrylic ink & Liquitex markers. Good game guys! See you next year!

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Urban scrawl part one.

Good day today! I’ll be back down tomorrow to finish what I started.
Photos of the fest and what I’m working on after the jump
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Urban Scrawl pregame

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.

I’ve been chewing over what I’m gonna do… I think it’ll be something like this, wish me luck! (I’ll be posting updated of course). IMG_5401.JPG

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