Next to my Mother and Child painting, I think I’ve just created my newest favorite piece.  I feel like I am getting a better grip on light and shadows, and getting more comfortable with details and different mediums.  This was my first time using real pastels (I use my was pastel water soluble crayons a lot), and really love how subtle (or strong) you can make them.  I’m not super big on tons of color, but a hint of it is nice.  I wonder how that is a mirror of my life…?

Girl Face | Charcoal and Pastels

and here is a close up, sans the retro filter that I love so much:

Girl Portrait | Charcoal and Pastels

That’s the other thing I love about drawing/painting… is that the art continues with photography and digital manipulation if you want it to!

It feels really, really good to create; especially something you love to look at.

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” -Alan Alda

So far, I haven’t used any reference pictures in front of me when I draw or paint.  I try to conjure up images from memory, if not only from my imagination or use of pure instinct.  It is amazing the sad eyes I always find staring back at me when I’m finished.  Like a unexpressed part of me that hijacked its way onto my paper.

Snow Day

Snow Day.  It’s been snowing since about 9am today and hasn’t stopped once.
We are officially snowed in with almost a foot of gorgeous white fluff on the ground.  Picture of my front yard.

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