I've been hesitating to write another blog post until I felt sure I had something positive or rewarding to share. I realized I was procrastinating, and worrying about silly things. I probably could have shared multiple updates on the projects I've been doing over my absence.
I've been in school struggling with a full load which I've gone ahead and reduced to 3 classes. I've had a bit of self-discovery on the way, and am going to have some stuff evaluated for my betterment. I'll leave it at that for now, because I don't want to lead anyone (family especially) down a wrong thought path until I know more.
I always want this blog to be positive and have positive impact on any readers who spend their time with me, so I'll share some good things that have occurred since my last post.
I finished my first traditional, sight size drawn, painted cast study. All done in studio from life. Blood, sweat, and some tears. I really feel like it has pushed my discipline to another level and certainly my patience. I was very worried in the beginning but I am very pleased now here at the end. Below is the final and a gif of how I went about it. I'll attach an album if you'd like to spend more time going through the steps.
full album: http://imgur.com/a/gmyzV#0
I've also spent a good bit of time doing landscape alla prima paintings from life. It feels like it's been a while since I've stood in nature and just observed. I'd go so far as to say I've never done that really. It's been very rewarding, even if I don't feel very confident about my skill in it yet.
If you're moving slow and it hurts, keep going. If you're crawling, understand that's progress, and keep going. Even 30 minutes a day is more than 0, and that's the only attitude that'll do.
Fight to stay positive, and fight to keep going.