Do something different with your art! That was the goal for today and guess what, I was already in the process of trying something new. When I got my easel and side tray table thing, I decided that I wanted to try painting something big for once. I'm also doing a full body self portrait. I've never attempted painting a full figure much less a small scene like this. It helps that there's a large mirror opposite of my canvas.
Do one small thing on a project you've been procrastination on.
Okay. So we're supposed to take one small action on something we've essentially been procrastinating on. For me I've been wanting to go back and study drawing again. I tried the Watts Atelier Online classes once, but for some reason I didn't dedicate myself. I had a hard time just returning to fundamentals. I wanted to paint, not draw. Another thing that held be back were the pencils. He asks you to use specific pencils and sharpen them a specific way. Here's how you sharpen them.
The hardest part has been getting the pencils. I haven't found a single store that carries them, and the online store, Jerrysartarama.com, seems to be the only place that sells them, but they're always SOLD OUT. It was frustrating.
So despite the product being sold out I went ahead and purchased it on back order. They should be in stock at the end of October (a month from when I wrote this post). Then when I get the pencils I'll start up the online classes at Watts Atelier again.
I'm so frustrated that I....
Want to quit. That's the first thing that comes to mind in this exercise. But that's not entirely what it's about. The point of today is to get those frustrations out. What am I frustrated over specifically. Ryan has us asking ourselves this question. So I'm gonna list off a bunch of things I tend to get frustrated about.
I'm so frustrated that I...
3.2There definitely a few things that I never really gave myself permission to do. Just this morning I thought of trying something that felt a bit like cheating for me and robbed myself of the right to do it. Whether it's because it feels like cheating or some other excuse I managed to conjure up.
This is the part where I give myself that permission and remind myself that there is no such thing as cheating in your personal art. Hammer and nails. Add a new tool to your tool box. Give yourself permission to take and use reference. Give yourself permission to ask for help when taking this reference.
Stop using the excuses of not having the right materials. Use what you have! You have a iPhone that can take decent pictures. You have some lamps to somewhat control lighting. Macgyver it! You're a smart person. You can do it. Just do it!
Above all else. Give yourself permission to make art despite your skill level. I know you want to paint those paintings at a great level of quality, but you can always try repainting them a year later or a year after that.
Why why why? What is you purpose? Why? What would happen if you couldn't paint? Ryan keeps asking why today. Essentially it sounded like he was asking why do you do art? I don't know why I do it, or try to do it. Sometime it's because I'm inspired by something or someone. Other times it's just a feeling of needing to do something productive and doing art feels productive. Maybe I do it because people keep telling me I'm good at it and I do it because they expect me to. Maybe I do it because it's too late to do anything else. Or do I do it because it's fun? Or do I do it to get peoples attention and get their praise. Do I have something to say? Something to share? A story to tell?
It's about the journey not the destination. Consider the journey and how you've improved along the way instead of thinking about the final output.
Part of me feels like nothing has changed since I started this challenge, but I'd like to think that's not true. Just the fact I did this has changed me. I will definitely say that the challenges has made me think and ask myself things I normally never ask. If anything I can mull over those challenges some more, but for now I think I'll continue my journey the only way I can.
SMILE! That's seriously all he asks of you today. Give him your biggest and bestest smile. So I tried. I felt very silly...
Playfully sketch, draw, sculpt. Stay loose, pay attention to what you're doing. Are you loose or tense? So that's what I did. Here are my results
Today we say farewell. Ryan gives his last piece of advice and reminds you that today is only the beginning not the end. And that everything you need is already within you.
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