I’m back.

I had to take some time off of blogging to ask myself why it was, actually, that I was posting this stuff for you all to read.  But right now, I’m feeling better.  I can’t promise that I’ll be as open in the future about what’s going on in my life as I have been, but…well, that remains to be seen.

My Drawing class is going really well.  I started work on the mandala project a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t really been using the paper-folding technique, as such, for most of it.  One of the things I’m finding, though, is that I really should not resist making abstract compositions so much as I have.  Last night and today, a little bit, I’ve been playing around with abstractions.  I’m thinking this may be my next step after my first critique, in two weeks.

It’s just kind of stunning, the level to which I’ve taken my abstractions, as versus some of the other people in my cohort.  At core, the mandala project is somewhat similar — at least, conceptually — but it’s much more structured than what I’ve been doing for myself.

Painting is all right, though I’m just having a little bit of an issue with unclear requests.  As things stand, I know what I have to do to get through this part of the course without missing pieces of the curriculum, but much of it won’t be graded.  The good part is that what she didn’t ask us to do, but which is foundational, is pretty basic and easy — namely, two value scales (value is the measure of the darkness or lightness of a color).

So, basically, that’s just two different greyscales from white to black — one in watercolor, and one in acrylic.  It would be best to get this out of the way prior to actually taking on the creation of any painting in either watercolor or acrylic — including the thumbnails which we started to work on.  I was able to go out and pick up some Golden Titanium White, which should help if I’m going to paint white over a mid-grey tone (Liquitex Titanium White is a bit dilute where it comes to the concentration of pigment).

I need to get going — hopefully I can continue this at a later time.


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Haru ("Codey") is a third-year Master's student in Library and Information Science, hoping to find a way to fuse their desire to make the world a better place and to finance their art.

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