With just a little over two weeks left in the year, 2017 is quickly coming to a close ushering new resolutions, plans, hopes and aspirations. For the coming year I’m hoping to create some work that is good enough for a group gallery exhibition. There’s always something going on art wise in my town during the summer but I’ve been hesitant about jumping out there, feeling as though my work isn’t quite where I want it to be to be displayed in a gallery. But I realized I got start somewhere and each summer our local art gallery puts a call out for artists to come show their work in their yearly group exhibit. So I’ve been tossing ideas around. If anyone has any suggestions on what subjects are most favorable to galleries please feel free to drop a line or two in the comment section. For now though, I want to look back over what I’ve done and highlight the work I’m most proud of. Presented here in a collage are nine drawings I created this year that I feel have been my best for 2017. 😊
It’s that time of the year where in my area you can get all four seasons in one day. I’ve been under the weather for a few days but a couple of bowls of chicken soup, with some Earl Grey tea and a few sugar cookies seems to have lifted my spirits to where I’m at 90% now. As a side note, I’ve never had Earl Grey tea before until now. I’m more of a Oolong lover from my frequent haunts at Chinese restaurants but a friend of mine sent me some Earl Grey and it’s been sitting in my tea drawer for a few months so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise I find it to be quite delightful. I’ve never been black tea drinker but now I see my Oolong will have to scoot over and make some room for Earl Grey.
Anyhoo, between my sour tummy and sore throat I managed to ink out a drawing, a piece I call “Gaze“. It took a bit to try and get the background stippled evenly and I can see a few spots where I could have evened it out some more but for the most part I think it looks even enough. I try not to over do things for fear of messing it up so I’m gonna leave it as is. I was also striving to get the woman to look like she was emerging out of the darkness. But because I’ve been staring at this thing for the past six days I can’t really judge as to whether I achieved that or not. Overall I think this piece came out fairly good. 😊
I initially started off with the intentions of doing some Red Crowned cranes but I ended up here, with a rose. Guess that botanical itch won out over my thing for wings. Anyhoo, I’m calling this simply “The Rose“. Maybe I’ll get around to those cranes on my next ACEO. 😊
“Finishing a thing is way more important than having something perfect but not finished. Part of becoming an amazing artist is having the ability to finish something.” ~ Jake Parker
Last night I whipped up this little stippling of some sparrows. It really didn’t turn out how I had imagined it and I realized it wouldn’t halfway through. My first inclination was to abandon it and move on to something else or at least just start over but I thought about what Parker said “Finishing is way more important.” As someone who is a bit of a perfectionist, it pains me to create something that’s less than what I had hoped for, so continuing on was a bit frustrating. I’m not pleased with the outcome but at least I finished it.
Progress has been slow on my Peacock but I’m steady going at it. This will definitely take some time but I have other small ACEO projects lined up to keep some variety going. I haven’t gouged my eyes out with my drawing pens yet so I guess that’s a good sign that things are going well. You would think that by now I would have built up a resistance to the feeling of monotony that comes with pointillism work but the truth is, it never really goes away. There’s always some point where you feel like you hate the piece but you work through it as always. You get used to it and accept that it’s just part of the process. 😊