I just want to inform you that I´m no longer a student at the art studio. I´m an art school drop out. But don´t be alarmed. Things will work out fine. I felt that the best decision for me was to stop running like a scalded rat between the art studio, my job and my family obligations. I´ve in no way completed my art education, it´s an ongoing process that will last forever, I hope.
I´m now my own boss working in my own art studio. To prepare myself for the business side of being an artist I´ve been listening to several podcasts for the past couple of years. I think everyone interested in leadership, business and personal growth can benefit from listening to these podcasts. I am also taking an online course in how to build a platform and how to get published. Here are links to the podcasts:
This past month I´ve been testing different art mediums. I´ve goofed around with a set of Rembrandt soft pastels that I bought in the eighties. They´re of excellent quality, a wonderful media, the colors are vibrant and exciting to work with.
Self portrait from a photograph from 1967.
Erica age 6. Soft pastels on brown paper.
Just fooling around with soft pastels.
Soft pastels and pencil
The next medium I wanted to explore was colored pencils. I´ve an ocean of colored pencils:
a set of Caran d´Ache Pablo, a set of Caran d´Ache Luminance and a set of Caran d´Ache watercolor pencils Aquarelle. All together 180 colored pencils!!!
I´m not particularly good at the technique, but colored pencils is the medium I´ve used quite a bit over the years.
Pablo colored pencils on Canson paper.
Luminance colored pencils on white Fabriano paper.
Pablo colored pencils.
Sketch, pencil on paper
I´m also working on a book project, trying to determine what medium and manner I´ll use for the illustrations.
Benjamin Lacombe: from the book Snow-white
Good bye for now, see you next week.
Yes, next week! One of the assignments in my online course is to set a goal to make a blog post at least once a week. So bear with me when I´m inviting you to visit this blog again and again. It´s a lonely life working in your studio every day so blogging is a way for me to keep in touch with you and be social in a somewhat digital way.