It’s not a new challenge, but I’m excited to do this challenge with 4 other pastel artists this month. Excited about the community of artists we are building and sharing challenges, successes, failures and lessons learned.
Yesterday I challenged myself with faces. My theme for 2017. My goal is one face/figure painting a week. Hopefully when we get to this time in 2018 I will have a lot more confidence with faces and figures!
I have a lot to learn, but I kinda like the spunk these three seem to have!
It’s been a great month since we left the Little White House. We have spent our time visiting family and friends. To the point that some of them may be tiring of putting us up and feeding us! We have not been able to spend this much time in several years.
Although this has been great for us, it hasn’t been as good for my art. I am not as confident as I should be to draw in front of others and I always feel selfish when I take time to draw instead of socialize. Drawing and painting demand my full attention.
I have set myself a few goals and am working on being a better artist, I am also going to enjoy these holidays by collecting as many hugs as I can!
As we remember the sacrifices made by the Veteran’s who have and continue to defend our great nation, I hope your second thought is a thank you for their families. Especially, the spouses and significant others.
Some days, it is glorious to support the country by supporting a military spouse or significant other. Many days it is not. We all know being in the military is a life, duty, not a job. It is a life-calling. Eat, sleep, breath the mission. From personal experience, I know if the job wasn’t done correctly, people’s lives were in danger. People I knew and respected. It is not glorious when you can’t call and talk to your military spouse on a random Thursday afternoon about an incident involving your child at school. It isn’t glorious to quit your job because the third of your three children now has the flu and your boss has already said no more sick days. Your military spouse/significant other does not, can not, would never call in sick unless they themselves could not get their uniform on. It is not glorious when your military spouse gets an assignment that you are not on. It is not glorious when they can’t come home for dinner, 6 months, or a birthday party you’ve been planning for a month because the military comes first.
Yet, these spouses and significant others understand that every American suffers and accepts those less than glorious moments as their duty.
So, please thank as many Veteran’s as you can today, tomorrow and every day. As a second thought, give a nod to their families, the ones making sure they have no stress outside of completing the mission.
A special – not so second thought -Thank You to;
Hussein; you have accepted your initiation into the military with style and fortitude. It has not gone unnoticed, your strength is an inspiration.
Brittany; your commitment and loyalty shines so brightly, as witness to the power of love. I am excited for your adventure to continue united!
Sonya; keep letting your spirit and humanity offer gentle reassurance and steadfastness.
Had a wonderful trip out west visiting family and friends!
Came back with a few treasures as well. Made a quick detour to Hobby Lobby to pick up a few new art supplies.
Not impressed with the pastels, very chalky and difficult to work with, but the colors are great, so I am sure they will get used. I am enjoying the Aqua Blocks. Did the two underpaintings below with them. And am thrilled with the new micron pens. I have an 03 that I love, and now have a couple more to play with.
The coup de gras is this gem, a print by Jon-Michael Frank. I can’t wait to get it framed and hanging in our kitchen. It’s almost as if Jon-Michael Frank knew us and what we were doing!