#mabsdrawlloween, Oct. 1, Witch

I’m making an attempt to follow along with #mabsdrawlloween, started by the pop surrealist artist Mab Graves on Instagram. I planned to hand-letter in the following quote but my hour time limit was up.  :The stories never said why she was wicked. It was enough to be an old woman, enough to be all alone, enough to look strange because you have no teeth. It was enough to be called a witch…”-Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

I’m making an attempt to follow along with #mabsdrawlloween, started by the pop surrealist artist Mab Graves on Instagram. I planned to hand-letter in the following quote but my hour time limit was up.

:The stories never said why she was wicked. It was enough to be an old woman, enough to be all alone, enough to look strange because you have no teeth. It was enough to be called a witch…”-Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

Gouache Revisited

In art school we were required to use gouache for all of our color and design assignments for the first two years. I have avoided it like the bus seat next to the dude with the juicy cough ever since. Instagram videos made me wonder if I had misjudged. I hadn’t, but my feelings have definitely warmed. Perhaps with more practice, we can be friends. 

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Open Studio Sketch

I haven’t been to an open studio draw night in almost a year- I’m so rusty! Enjoyed playing with my travel Van Gogh watercolor set, surprisingly rich colors. 

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Best part

Welp, overworked it, like I do. Like the eyes though and hope to make whole pantings like them-SOON! This learning stuff never ends. 

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WIP

I vowed to get bigger and bolder with my imagery, marks, color etc. this year.  Waaaayyyy outside my comfort zone “ here on the edge of things, on the foggy coast.” - Ursula LeGuin

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La Befana

Humans are remarkably adaptable, we're wired to eventually adjust and carry on. Even minor annoyances are absorbed into our daily living, you make allowances, learn how to take the bus or give up refined carbs. I did not realize the adjustments I had made for my carpal tunnel until, poof, it's gone with the quick slice of a surgeon's scalpel. I can draw and paint for hours again without pain and numbness and shaking out my hand every two minutes. It's a brand new day. Also gold paint doesn't scan well, but is so much fun to use. I plan to hand embellish all of my holiday cards from now on.

Working on some more personal work of late. After putting it off for about fifteen years, I finally got carpal tunnel release surgery done on my drawing hand-sweet relief! I am waiting to throw paint on this until the club like bandage comes off next week.