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Arty Updates

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve wrote a blog post. Here’s what happened: I left my job at the university to work at an art gallery that also wants to be a hub for environmental activism (hoping I can slowly do my part to clean up the anti-human, Nihlistic mindset and bring more of Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien’s almost child-like love of both people and nature back into it). My hours are different now (long afternoon and evening hours), so keeping up with my routine of painting and drawing every day is going well, but I just haven’t done any blogging in a while.

I’m trying to think of an easy way for me to post every day without being too exhausting. I don’t necessarily want to post my daily progress, because you guys might get tired of seeing the same painting over and over with tiny alterations.

I’m still alive. Still making art, and I’ve finally started on my Saints coloring book. So far, I’ve only finished a Virgin Mary page, but I’m currently working on a St. Therese page as well.

I’ve also been hard at work on my David and Goliath reproduction:

And lastly, I’ve turned the reading nook in my living room area into a prayer space. I hammered a nail by the window, and that’s where my rosary goes, and I like to think I’ve been very good about going up there everything morning to pray.

One day I thought, “You know what this space needs? A gilded Sacred Heart icon.” So I started making one. And now here it is. Still not done yet, but almost.

And that’s all I have for now. Have a good day, everyone!

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Days 19-22

Good morning,

So, this week, I unfortunately was hit with a pretty bad flu. I think my art suffered for it. I got some toned paper, but the oil paint doesn’t really translate well to it.

I actually thought about not posting these since are definitely not the best I can do, but I once heard some wise advice that you should not be afraid to do something you need to do, even if it’s doing it badly. This was important lesson in what not to do as much as what to do.

  1. Don’t paint directly on paper.
  2. Angle features better. It’s easy to just paint things flat.
  3. Don’t mix burnt umber/ cadmium red/ flake white. They muddy up very quickly
  4. Do not work on a big important project when you’re really sick. As much as not painting might be killing you, your quality will suffer for it.

Day 19: Old Master

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Image from Wikipedia

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Day 20: Child Lips

So, full disclosure, I didn’t paint these lips on Day 20. I was too sick to paint on Day 20, but I actually painted these on the same day as Day 21, the Woman’s lips.

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Day 21: Woman’s Lips

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Day 22: Man’s Lips

So, since it became clear that the paper wasn’t working, I used a canvas panel I used in the past for a previous exercise. And again, I wanted to paint a beard. Nick Offerman’s Beard to be exact.

 

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Image from Wikipedia

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Day 8/ Old Master Studies

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For this entry, I drew four lips from Old Master paintings. The reason why I included an exercise involving Old Master art is because I believe studying their techniques helps improve your art style. You can almost see how they held their pencils, what colors they used, and how they achieved a semi-realistic image.

I drew lips from Boticelli’s Venus, Bougereau’s Young Girl in ProfileJohn Singer Sargent’s Jean Joseph Marie Carries, and Da Vinci’s Self Portrait sketch. I thought about drawing something by Van Gogh, but then I decided against it because as much fun as that would be, that’s not the direction I want my portrait style to go.

 

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So, no side by side because the image is in a private collection and copy-righted, but you can see the original here. 

So, some reflections. I did this on my lunch break, in the middle of the day, so it was a nice break away from work. I also need to get an actual printer/scanner at some point. My phone takes good pictures, but you can tell it’s a photo on a non-flat sketchbook. If I do this prompt again, I think I’m going to take the original portraits (as long as they’re not copy-righted), and use Photoshop to put the lips I drew over the portraits to keep it fun. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time, but I’m jotting this down so that I remember to do it again or hopefully if you guys are doing this exercise with me, you can do that!

Thanks for following my journey to improve this aspect of the face. Stick around for more!