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With our trip out of town this week and a healthy dose (har har) of the crud for the kids and me, I did the minimum on the creative front this week.

Actually, that is not entirely true! I did a minimum on my oil painting, but I did some drawing exercises; loosely copied some designs from this book; speed-sketched a couple of animals for Sprout to guess; and I did a quick watercolor sketch of some date palms at Anafora. I wanted to remember the vibrant, jewel-like colors and variety of dates ripening there in this season:

date palms - Anafora

I moved before finishing my sketch, which is why my composition is weird.

Here is the "progress" on the oil painting. I corrected the shape of her head and started laying in some colors on the hair as well as a light glaze over her skin. This stage is the one that freaks me out, the one where it pretty much looks like a mess. I have to have faith that it will get there as I lay on more layers, rounding out the forms, brightening the colors, refining the details...
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"A work in progress, a work in progress," that is my mantra.

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nipernaadiagain
Sep. 28th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
I love the date palms and oil painting seems like something that needs strong nerves ... but I enjoy following your progress and am looking forward to next steps.

I feel bad about not drawing, but have only floor and table littered with pieces of paper with ideas ... most of them WRITTEN and not even drawn down
mnfaure
Sep. 28th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wonder if people understand the amount of courage it takes for me to show these "messes". :P My nerves seem strong, but I wonder....

And at least you are still getting ideas, even you if don't have the time, energy, or serenity of spirit to draw them right now. The well is still giving, and that is a blessing.

*hugs*
asakiyume
Sep. 28th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I think I can imagine the courage. I think I definitely can. Thank you for being brave--we're all the luckier for it.
frigg
Sep. 28th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
Well, I think everything looks good :)
mnfaure
Sep. 29th, 2014 09:05 am (UTC)
You are my encouraging pea.
asakiyume
Sep. 28th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
*love* the date palms--how else would I ever see dates! Did I even know that they came from palms? No!

And I am loving seeing the painting of Sprout evolve.
mnfaure
Sep. 29th, 2014 09:04 am (UTC)
I'm going to post of pictures of date palm trees once I start feeling better.

It is good for me to post the pics of my progress because I can see things that are wrong. :P Like, I fixed her head, but I didn't fix it enough. I am working from a cropped photo and am having to imagine some bits. What I have is too rounded. I'll fix it in the next pass.
oiktirmos
Sep. 29th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
The palms are wonderful.
mnfaure
Sep. 29th, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
thanks. I'm having more fun doing quick sketches because I put less pressure on myself about the outcome. :)
athgarvan
Sep. 29th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
I like those. Keep up the good work.
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