More Conte Portraits

I wish I was a multi-tasker but as it turns out I am far from it. One thing becomes the focus and so inevitably other things fall by the wayside for a while and picked up again once the busyness has lessened. But accepting some of my quirks is a pathway to me moving forward I feel and whilst many times over I have tried to change the way I am, I am gradually realising that as long as I keep taking steps forward, it does not really matter if on occasion those steps are more like that of a crab than a race-walker.

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Self portraits in conte

Case in point – the conte portraits for July. I had to put them aside for a while as I was in full writing mode for my newest course Drawn to Expression. I thought I had so many more to do before meeting my self-imposed quota for the month. As it turns out I finished more than I thought and so I have a few more to show you. My aim was for 31 for the month and I will be working on some more just to make up that number (I love having goals, even if it takes me longer than most to meet them : ) I have actually really missed having new work to show you so I hope you will forgive me for indulging myself with work that is now unbelievably more than a month old.

Left portrait loosely based on reference image, right portrait self portrait

So I did make it up to 25 and I shall very much look forward to creating a few more to add this collection which I am actually quite proud of!

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Conte and charcoal both loosely from reference images

The next month or two looks a little different for me as I continue on with Drawn to Expression (the class began on 7th September) and then the week after that finishes I nervously take my first steps in teaching overseas as I am off to North Carolina and Random Arts to teach two, five day workshops. I am so excited about that and there is not long to go now before I will be flying over the sea!

Loosely based on reference images and self portraits

Then when I return I will have another long period of studio time which I am so excited about. I have been thinking about how my week will look and it will really be a mixture of play-time in the studio, research time for a body of work that has been in my mind for a while now and also continuing on with the We all Cast Shadows work as I still have some in progress paintings on the easel and ideas for new work for that collection.

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I am so grateful that the teaching and e-courses enable me to have studio time like this which is something I have been working towards for a while and always dreamed it would happen.

Comments 2

  1. Pam Stacey

    Love looking at all your beautiful pieces of art. enjoy your time In North Carolina. My daughter just move there in the last year and just loves it.

  2. Jodi Kincaid

    I’m so happy that things are going your way and that you are able to do art full time. We’re all richer for it!
    I wish I was seeing you in Oct. but will have to wait patiently until Portland. xoxo

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