I’m checking in.
The holidays are now in full swing.
There is no escape.
A few lovely clients have chosen me to create some drawings for them to give as gifts for the holidays. I would love to show you where I am at with them but sadly that will have to wait! I can’t ruin the surprises, no matter how much I want to share. I’m enjoying having deadlines again. That slight kick of motivation is needed to finish the pieces. It’s so easy to start new projects and then have them sit unfinished.
I still have some time to fit in another portrait or two for the holiday season, so please send me an email if you are interested! It doesn’t even need to be for the holidays – email@example.com.
To help get myself into the holiday spirit (and get some inspiration) I did what I do every year – Took a trip to visit Santa.
As a twist this year, Santa tried to sit on MY lap. At first I found this funny and then sort of creepy. I digress.
This week also marks the first week of Christmas parties. The first one being at my alma mater. I can’t deny that I am excited to dress up and go out. It’s been jeans and t-shirts for this lady for the past several months. It’s so much easier to ruin a pair of jeans while painting and drawing instead of a nice dress.
My question for the week: What is the best piece of advice you have received to date?
As we all are getting into the swing of the holidays, and most likely a lot of stress of scheduling, present buying, food preparations and so forth – I leave you with a photo of a puppy to give you a second of relief, because who doesn’t love puppies?
Practice your portrait skills but drawing yourself in a silly halloween mask. It’s hard not to have a laugh at yourself while getting some good practice in at the same time.
I’m also offering free shipping at my online shop until November 17th. Please support your local artists (and international ones too). We are all in this together!
– Candace Forsyth @ Society 6 –
Due to a series of challenging events, Time of the Month had to switch locations this past Saturday to a private studio at College and Dufferin. I apologize to everyone that I couldn’t reach in time and went to the wrong venue!
The next event will surely go off without any hitches and we will be prepared even more in advanced for any issues that come our way.
Regardless, the art was hanging, the music was bumping, the sangria was flowing and the delicious spring rolls were being eaten. The space was probably better than we could have imagined!
Hope to see you next time!
I have a little over 24 hours left to finish this drawing. In the midst of this I do work a full time job. Have I mentioned we, here in Toronto, are going through a heat wave? I was just sitting around drawing in my apartment last night and my knees started to sweat. My knees. That is a thing apparently.
I managed to get a large chunk, literally, of the piece worked on last night. I must tell you that those shorts took an entire 6B pencil. Note to self, buy more 6B pencils today because I’m sure going to need them. 4B and 6B have always been my favourites to use. Dark and contrasty. Just how I like it… albeit a little messy.
Speaking of drawing (like that segway? I thought of it myself), I took the walking scenic route to work today and passed a little shop called The Paper Place at Queen St. West and Walnut Ave. just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. On display in their window was one of my favourite children’s books with the most bright and comical illustrations I could remember as a kid, Alligator Pie. The poems Dennis Lee and illustrations by Frank Newfeld go hand in hand and stimulate the imagination. I might have to pick up a copy tonight on my way home. If I’m lucky they might also have a copy of Garbage Delight.
“Alligator pie, Alligator pie
If I don’t get some I think I’m going to die
Give away the green grass, give away the sky
But don’t give away my alligator pie.”
I’m always trying to prepare for the next piece before I’m finished with the one I am currently working on (AND has a deadline). I’m not sure if this is a good habit to have as sometimes I get too excited about the new idea and I start to lose interest in the old.
C’mon hands, work faster!
That being said, here is the sketch for my next piece, once I finish with “Tattooed Girls“.
I present to you, Captain Bucket.
Paper to my left. Paper to my right. No doubt there is paper behind me. Do you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by paper? This is only a fraction of what I’m having to deal with right now. Different shapes, sizes, material, cold press, warm press, heavy weight, light weight, prices… I could go on.
My conundrum at the moment is choosing the perfect shade of grey (insert witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here). I’m in the midst of deciding whether I want a warm grey or a cold grey. Maybe a creamier grey or a greener grey. Should it be a little rosy? Seriously, there are way more greys than you’d think (insert second witty 50 Shades of Grey joke here).
Here are some of the 50 shades of grey, none of which are very kinky:
Drawing doesn’t appear to be as easy as some would think. There are many different areas in which one needs to make decisions. Every detail is throughly thought over. Should this line be 2mm longer or shorter? Is that elbow on the same plane as the hip? Does this need to be darker or lighter? Because some drawing seems to be “simple” it is even more important that all decisions are taken very seriously. Our work is very important to us.