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Hallelujah! The Holidays are Over

They were fun, but so much time has to be allotted in preparation that time for my artwork has to be restricted. And I so miss just being able to draw. So over the last month and a half I completed the three drawings I had started in November.

That would be Down by the Creek 14H x 10W on 500 Strathmore Illustration board. I'm not sure how many more times I will use this board. It keeps absorbing the pencil and always seems to give the picture a filmy look. Then there was Fall Color in Michigan 14H x 10W on 90lb. Stonehenge - the photo I used was one I took when on a hike. And the last is my ode to my non-objective side which is entitled The Swim 18Hx24W on Fabriano Artistico. I had my battle with this paper as well. I was hoping to use a lot more Ink Tense pencils on this, but I think I chickened out. I learned most while working on the creek drawing, but I had a lot of fun with the non-objective. I'm not a great swimmer, but I do enjoy getting in the water and allowing myself to be weightless and to rise up and down with the water. I always feel like I'm in another world, joining the fish in their world. It's a peaceful and restful experience for me.

So now it's time to choose my next topics for drawing and I have chosen two winter scenes, one slot canyon from Utah and a landscape from the Colorado area. The fifth drawing will be another non-objective, but I haven't thought out its content yet. So below are the reference photos I will be using. There are four drawings, but you have to use the arrows to see each one.

I've already created the layouts of the drawing and have traced them on to the various papers I am using. I'll post more in a few days to show beginning stages.

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