Friday, January 31, 2014

I’m going to sound like a broken record, I’m tired of winter and want warm weather!! It’s headed down to -14° tomorrow night, we’re going to have a warm up of one day with a low of 0°, then back down to -14°. Tired, tired, tired!!!

I finished my elk drawing, and am not really happy with it. I got too involved with the pen and ink in the foreground, so it got too dark, and the colored pencils dull the ink.
So it’s back to the drawing board to find something new to work on.
Funny internet pics!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So very, very tired of winter. My studio is too cold to be in, so torching glass hasn’t been very enjoyable (although that might change for a bit. I have a new shipment of glass coming in today with some new colors).

More snow this a.m., and the NW wind is blowing in some cold air again. My bedroom the other night was down to 41°, so you can be sure my electric blanket is going to get turned on early to make my bed nice and warm. I so want to be outside in some warm air and dirt; white snow is kind of pretty the first couple of times, but by this time of the year, it’s wearing thin.

The nicest thing I can say about January is that it’s usually much sunnier than the other winter months, so I can sit in the south room and soak up the sunshine while I’m drawing. Here’s the progress I’ve made on my elk drawing. I’m not totally satisfied with it, I got too lost in all of those dots and overdid the grassy areas in the front of the landscape, so now I have to decide how to work with that. I’m not too happy with using the colored pencils on top of the ink either, since they cloud the ink. I like working with them, but they don’t fit in too well with my style right now. The next drawing I do I’m going to try using watercolor pencils and see if I like them. Yup, already mapping out the next drawing I’m going to do, and it won’t be any 10”x12” either!