I…really don’t know where I’m going with this, having not written for the past two days (when I wanted to), but bear with me, if you will.
Yesterday was the second critique of the second stage of our Symbolic Process work. I have been a bit surprised to find out that this is only one module in our overall course. Two weeks from now, it will be over, and we will be moving on to other things.
I’m uncertain how much time I will be able to spend researching cultural aspects of water (which is my Symbol), within a two week time frame. My work schedule was adjusted…which we would think would be a good thing, except I’m now working more than I expected to — about four hours more. The benefit is that the staff will be more familiar to me, and I’ll be paid more.
Today, I’ve been really tired. Granted that I did go to bed after 12 AM last night, but then I woke around 12 PM, went back to bed around 1 PM, and slept for four more hours. I’m not really sure what’s going on. Right now, I want to go back to bed.
The coughing has somewhat turned into throat congestion and random intermittent sneezing. It’s possible that I’m fighting something off and that this is why I’m so tired, but I really don’t know.
I did wake up in time to do my homework with the remaining daylight hours, which was nice. If I had waited until after dark, I doubt I would have been able to do it very well at all, as the assignment kind of requires ambient light and shadow. It takes the sun a lot longer to go down, than it would seem! I spent about half an hour to forty-five minutes outside, sketching the trees in the neighbor’s yard.
And, yeah, I took the wrong brush (a 1/2″ flat) rather than my pointed round…so the image looks a bit wonky. But I was kind of so tired that I didn’t feel like going back into the house to switch out brushes.
It’s not like the scene is going away, though.
In the coming days, I’m going to have to sketch some clothing…this is due next Tuesday. I’m also going to have to photograph and upload some work — so you might see images posted here, too. The good part is that we were working with light and shadow yesterday in Figure Drawing, and I did a small image which is nearly finished.
I actually fit in three poses instead of two — we had one 20-minute set and then two 30-minute sets, the latter of which were the same pose. I basically, instead of working on one 1-hour drawing, broke up the time into two drawings of approximately 30 minutes. (My first pose was so small in scale that I reached a “stop working on it,” point, earlier than most others.) I have to finish at least one of these before Tuesday next week. The smallest one is really my favorite, but my prof wanted us to take up the whole page if we were working on small toned paper — something I didn’t know.
Maybe, if I work on anything else tonight, it will be the clothing problem. I know I have to print out a few things, as well…that’s more research-oriented, though, and it may present technical problems. We’ll see.
So yes, earlier tonight I did finish my Watercolor homework, in the nick of time. For tomorrow, I’ve just got to get my things together so I’m not scrambling in the morning…which means, for my own reference, to move the finished drawings and paintings out of my office and back into my portfolio.
I was also working on Watercolor, majorly, on Monday. I decided, instead of getting more pens, to invest in some watercolor paints. They’re freakin’ beautiful. I got seven of them — I think five are earth tones (if Indigo counts as an earth tone), then there is Alizarin Crimson (I had the “Hue” in Cotmans, but it’s duller), and French Ultramarine (I was getting sick of the Cotman Ultramarine — it’s kind of thin and weak). It really, really helped. Alizarin Crimson plus French Ultramarine also makes dazzling violets. It’s really beautiful.
Earth tones are great to use for coloring flesh, especially when the person you’re coloring doesn’t have pale pink skin. And Indigo — well, that’s just a gorgeous pigment. I have everything back, now, so I may be able to photograph this tonight or tomorrow. I’ve just been kind of stressed over the watercolor thing, because I’m in my first semester of Watercolor class right now, and so I haven’t really been taught how to use them. But there is a lot of potential, there.
On top of this, my Figure Drawing teacher has requested that I send her information on my method of making mandalas! I’ll have to figure out when to do this.
And, as a bit of errata: I may be mistaken in thinking that Aureolin is Chrome Yellow. It may be Cobalt Yellow, and I just got confused.
Right now, I just have a lot of things going on — in addition to the new Artist Statement assignment, and figuring out what to do with my Symbolic Process project.