It is hard to believe that it has been almost three months since I was in Paris and last posted anything. Because I tried to cram as much as I could into the last few days in Paris I was pretty tired by the time I boarded the plane home. Then once back home it took at least two weeks to adjust to ‘real life’. I have to admit I missed Paris and I especially missed drawing every day, having the luxury of so much time to myself, and being able to do whatever I wanted to do whenever I wanted to do it. Being in such an amazingly beautiful city that celebrates history and art was a wonderful experience, one that I hope I will be able to repeat someday soon.
So what’s next? I need to find a way to incorporate a bit of my ‘Paris life’ into my life at home. Finding balance in one’s life is a challenge many, or perhaps most people face. I have a wonderful family and friends and I want to have time for them but I need to carve out space and time for being creative on a regular basis, time for myself. Ideally I would be working on making art every day, or at least most days.
I started that process by attending life drawing sessions twice a week after I came home. We have a great artist organization In Edmonton called Harcourt House that offers life drawing sessions three times a week. harcourthouse.ab.ca/ I would like to continue attending two or three times a week. Two of the sessions are from 7:00 to 10:00 pm which is kind of late for me, but I am going to do my best.
Here are some drawings from my Harcourt House life drawing sessions. I decided to try drawing in pen and ink to change things up a bit. I used a fountain pen with black ink for the first three drawings.
A 15 minute pose,
and a 20 minute pose.
This pose was only 10 minutes which is a bit of a challenge with two models.
This 30 minute pose was drawn with a Bic Black ball point pen, which gives a completely different mark than the fountain pen. It is almost like drawing with a pencil, changing pressure while drawing varies the darkness and width of the line. It is great inexpensive drawing tool. A box of 12 pens is less than three dollars.
I also want to post regularly on this blog, probably not daily, but perhaps once or twice a week. I think it will morph into more of an art blog, with occasional travels included. I am not sure exactly how I feel about keeping a blog, still struggling with the idea of putting myself ‘out there’ but I have had such positive feedback from so many people that it has encouraged me to continue, at least for now.
I have fallen behind responding to comments, but I will get that taken care of in the next couple of days, so take a look if you have left a comment. I do love it when people comment on the posts and I do my best to respond to all of them. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave their thoughts.
It is the beginning of a new year, with all the promise and possibilities that brings and you may be wondering if I made any New Year’s Resolutions? I did – my resolution is to draw everyday. Yesterday I was about to go to bed when I realized I had forgotten all about drawing, and on the very first day! So at 11:30 I sat down and did a half hour of drawing but I must admit it was a real struggle. I haven’t been drawing very much the last two months with travelling (more on that later) and it showed. It didn’t take long to lose the facility and confidence that I was starting to feel while I was drawing daily in Paris.
Did anyone else make a New Year’s resolution? Was it art related?
All the Best in 2015!