I wasted all that warm plein air weather by gardening...hey, I planted 34 clumps of daylilies!...so far. The work I have to do here in my brand new (not bare exactly) garden is limitless, so I am determined to get out there painting next decent day.
What I have been doing is drawing, drawing, drawing. I completed another 12 hour Life Drawing Marathon on March 10...luckily the River Gallery School of Art only offers the marathon twice a year...giving some of us time to recover before the next one. Four different models for a three hour shift each: four 30-second poses, one 5-minute, one 10-minute, a couple of 20-minutes and one or two longer poses. You get focused, you get energized, you get tired, you get giddy, but it is a real stretch of your abilities and the smart artists focus on one medium. I tried everything from pastel to pencil to ink. I was afraid I would get bored...and then the woman next to me insisted I use two sheets of her lovely brown heavyweight newsprint with charcoal. Perfect. I had a great time and have something to look forward to in October.
In the weekly Tuesday afternoon Life Drawing Class, my teacher, Jason Alden, is making sure I don't skate through his class. He is so young (but wise) and usually points out to me just the right direction I should be going and the really difficult thing I might be trying to do to grow as an artist. Could I ask for more?