Hi everyone. Seems like forever since I’ve done a blog post. Maybe I should start writing about doctor visits. That would give me more than enough to talk about (grin).
In the movies, a struggling artist is one who is destitute, often a drunk, or worse. In the fine arts world the poverty remains but these struggling artists all remain pure to their art, not compromising anything for commercial success. In the sketching world, more often than not a struggling artist is one who has a hard time remaining motivated. I’ve never understood why that is. Anyways, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not a struggling artist of a different sort, one beaten down by health issues.
I was supposed to go sketching on Tuesday morning. I was excited because we were going to sketch in the Christmas store in old Quebec City. This building used to be a multi-floor bookstore in the 40s and 50s, a gathering place for those who cherished the written word. Sometime along the way, however, it became a year-round Christmas store that is filled to the brim with decorations. With Christmas behind us, or well ahead of us depending upon your view, we were granted access to sketch within its walls on Tuesday.
On Sunday I decided to do a quick sketch of its exterior from a photo I had of the place. I didn’t spend a lot of time on it and kept the sketch both simple and without a lot of contrast because I envisioned it receding into the background of a two-page spread of brightly colored ornament sketches. Unfortunately, when Tuesday rolled around I was having what is now referred to at our house as a “bad” day and my knee limited my mobility and my left hand and wrist were nearly locked up and quite painful. I couldn’t go. I was a struggling artist. I share with you the sad result.
On the upside, I’m enjoying Liz Steel’s Watercolour Course which has just started. Thus far I’m covering paper with blotches of color, spending time trying to create more texture in my washes, and even doing some small, horrible sketches using paint only. I really do love Liz’s courses. Her Foundations course is the course I wish existed when I started trying to sketch and this new watercolor course is causing me to investigate watercolors in a new light, and I definitely need some new light when it comes to watercolors.