1 hour: Regular Maintenance in the Studio

I had a very brief opening this afternoon when I was able to get a solid hour in the studio. An hour really isn’t very much time, but the advantage of the techniques I’m using is that I can punch out an ink drawing relatively quickly. That said, within the one hour session I was still able to get five ink drawings done, each 18″ x 24″. They will probably each need to be revisited, but the important thing is that they’ve established a firm hold on their compositions.

Given how loaded my teaching schedule is this semester, I’ll take any hour I can get. I also know that maintaining continuity is very important for me to keep things moving forward in my work; I would prefer to get 1 hour four times a week as opposed to putting in 7 hours in one day once a week. I think this is a lesson I’ve learned in my experience as musician; it’s not how extended one particular practice session that is important, but rather the constant maintenance and daily routine. I have to admit I don’t practice oboe nearly as much as I should. Compared to when I was in school when I was practicing 2 hours every day, I’m now lucky if I can get in 30 minutes a day, much less stay on top of making enough reeds to keep my playing from suffering. All things considered I’m sometimes amazed that I’ve been able to keep up my playing and orchestra for as long as I have. I suppose after 13 years of playing in orchestras and chamber groups, that’s a routine I don’t have to worry about losing.

I experimented today with a few specific photographs that depict figures trudging through water. These are interesting to me in terms of the contact point between the figures and the water; usually it looks very much like a minor explosion with all of the foam and dramatic splashes that are created. I liked that this gave me more of an opportunity to create conflict between the directional movement of the brush strokes. Often times the ripples in the water have a way of repeating themselves, sometimes to the point where I worry about my brushwork becoming monotonous and tedious.

Stir II

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