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Using a side-project to practice

In the lead up to starting work as a Happiness Engineer with Automattic (we’re hiring by the way), I started to create a couple of “side-project” sites as as a way to both practice with the toolset of WordPress as a publishing platform, as well as feed my own artisitic practice.

One of these sites is FiveFigures.blog, which I used to amass a collection of daily “reps” of drawing figures: people, hands, feet, faces and mostly a wooden mannequin that I had lying around my office. I’m ressurecting it again today to start work on another month of figure drawing, with some new props and ideas, but mostly to just stick to a 5-10 minute a day practice.

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Drumsack Farm Painting

Painting the landscapes outside where we live, as well as a bit of the inside, over the past month has been a fun way to get back into more regular watercolor painting.

With the latest one, I spent more time on it and worked sporadically over the course of several days. It was good just to have a piece out on the table that I could sit down and work a little on as I felt like it. It’s also kind of essential with watercolors in some sense as you need to allow for drying time in between sections, depending on the look you are going for. I’m sure this process annoyed the crap out of my wife and kids but hey, it was worth it. 😂

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Creating the appropriate distance

I’ve been reading Philip Glass’s Music Without Words over the past month or two and it’s very good. As a very casual classical music fan, it’s very enlightening to learn more about the music composition side of the art, with plenty of that aspect of the book going over my head, but still interesting to glimpse that world nonetheless.

Regardless, there are A LOT of insights into the creative process that are very interesting to think about, and that, along with stories from a life filled with memorable experiences, work, and friendships, make for a good read.

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Bold lines

Continuing the practice of figure drawing, focusing on faces and hands. I’ve been doing quick brush pen work from images on my iPad or on Zoom calls as one way to practice. I like these brush pens for line drawing and using a few lines to capture a shape. Proportion is less important, and some distortion makes it more interesting. Capturing the shapes of the lips and the eyes makes all the difference.

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Sunsets in the dark

The sun sets after 10pm right now and it’s light out well into the night at the moment. Along with that, we also get some spectacular sunsets from our perch here on the farm. I’ve started to do some watercolor painting while standing at the kitchen counter, trying to chase the changing colors of the sunset through the window. It’s crazy how fast it changes over the course of the roughly 45 mins it takes to do these. While it gets dark in the kitchen, the light from outside makes it easy enough to work. I love ending the day with these.