We're in Calgary as of this month. It's only a week until school starts for both kiddo and myself, and I'm feeling pretty excited. This week I get to do fun stuff like registering Lyra with her school and picking up my student id and transit pass. I've managed to get out a few times in all the madness to work in my coffee shop book, but I may need to give it a new title. New locations include parks, libraries and Ikea - and I'm sure ACAD will also be a target in the near future.
It's been a big month: now that I've been accepted into ACAD, we're prepping to sell our house and move to Calgary. That means there's not a lot of time for art making. With that said, I'm still making a point of visiting my favourite coffee shop once a week. Once the house is finally on the market, maybe I'll find time to complete the few projects I've left hanging.
And here she is.
At last, I'm coming to the end of my portfolio building, and I'm looking to do a portrait of my daughter. Since I haven't made anything in the 'messy' mediums (since a 2B pencil hardly counts), I thought this might be the time to bring out the chalk pastels. I used to work with them often, but I've been a much more tidy artist in the last decade.
In fact, it's funny to reflect on my former preference for getting my hands dirty, and the evolution to my currently anal retentive self. I must become more practical as I age. Now I think about storage, framing, cat footprints, not to mention messing up my desk and risking smudges on other/future projects. Pastels and charcoal simply don't fall into those concerns nicely, so I avoid them.
This study was fun, nonetheless, and quite quick. I'm thinking of making a larger finished piece, but may make a change to washes instead. If I do, it would likely be out of cowardice, so I'm trying to talk myself into sticking with the pastels.
I'll always be the first to say that my portraits need work, so I've decided to lump that in with my 2017 resolution to improve my figure drawings. By the end of the year, I hope to have a self-portrait that maybe looks like me, even just a little, rather than a generic human being. It's good to have goals.