Can someone who balances life, art and work tell me how they do it? I’m learning rather quickly that it is next to impossible (or at least feels like it) to keep balancing all the different aspects of my life. With that in mind, I haven’t posted in the last couple weeks for two reasons. One, I haven’t had the time to make much art. Two, because the one piece I did start I wanted to really focus on. So, on the one hand I didn’t make as much art as I originally wanted, but I did create something that I’m rather fond of. Glass half full, right?
Another positive thing is that I’m not behind yet on my “one project a week for a year” New Year’s resolution! Sometimes I’ve had to make up one, two, or five projects in a week, but here we are towards the end of 2016 and I’m still on it!
Project 37 is the following picture, which started out as a fox, but really looks more like a cat in my opinion.
This is another example of me trying new techniques I learned. Which means even though I don’t love it, I’m proud of myself for continuing to try new things. I will say I don’t know if I’ll ever master the “bleeding” style of watercolor.
Project 38 is the one that I’m very, very happy with. I started this project two weeks ago and have really focused on it, perfecting each detail, and working in several layers. It is the first piece where I’ve watercolored a person and I’m proud of myself for going for it. I’m always terrified of painting people and although I have a long way to go, I’m thrilled with how well this turned out. This is the first time I’ve taken it slow as well. Usually I’m a paint quickly with lots of water type, and I finish a piece in one or two sittings. For this I told myself to work in layers, slowly, and thinking about each and every little part.
If you didn’t know, it is inspired by a novella called The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Recently, Netflix did their own interpretation of story and turned it into a movie. The child in profile is my fiancé when he was, he thinks, 3 or 4. I used a photo of him for reference. The rest are based on illustrations from the novella. There is the Little Prince, his sheep (there’s one in the box), his rose and the Fox. I’ve titled this one “All grown-ups were children once…but only a few of them remember it”, which is a quote from the story. If you haven’t read it before, I highly recommend it. The movie on Netflix is wonderful as well, but not 100% similar to the original story.
And now, I must decide what Project 39 will be! I’m thinking I may attempt painting a whole person, but who knows, we’ll see how daring I’m feeling.