Studio News for December 2023

Studio News for December 2023

The beginning of a new year is generally so focused on current work, that it seems a bit odd to talk about the studio news for December 2023. But that’s what this post is about.

There’s a lot to report, so let’s get started, beginning with the big news.

Studio News for December 2023

My First Ever Jelly Bean Class

I reported on this class in-depth in a previous post, which you can read here. But no monthly report would be complete without mentioning it again here. Especially since I’ve had time to process that event.

I can say without fear of contradiction that I learned as much from that class as the students did. My lessons had very little to do with drawing landscapes, however. What I learned was that I could do classes online and that I could do video. Despite the anticipation leading up to the class, it was easier than expected.

Which re-enforces another lesson. It’s definitely easier to do most new things than to think about doing them!

CP Magic! News

If you haven’t yet purchased your copy of the January issue of CP Magic!, now’s the time to do it. Jennifer Goodhue is the featured artist and her tutorial features a red-shouldered hawk. She draws the hawk on drafting film and shares her method of creating realism by removing color as well as adding it.

She’s also a born business woman, having started her first business as a teenager. Whether you’re a born business artist or not, she has a lot of good advice to share.

Current Works in Progress

The only work currently in progress is a dog portrait that I’m not at liberty to show you. It’s 8×10 inches on white Pastelmat, though, and it’s coming along slowly but surely.

However, I did finish two small landscapes in December. Both of them, shown below, are based on the same reference photo that I used for Spring Storm. However, I focused on different things with each of the two new compositions.

I also used Buttercup Pastelmat for Red Barn, and Charcoal Grey Pastelmat for Yellow Trees.

Studio News for December 2023
Red Barn, 4 x 6 inches, Buttercup Pastelmat
Yellow Trees, 4 x 6 inches, Charcoal Grey Pastelmat

I learned about composing landscapes and rendering them with these projects. I worked on both of them at the same time, using the same colors, but in different ways.

But the most interesting lesson was much more work the lighter paper required and how much it still influences the final artwork.

Looking to the Future

In next week’s Behind the Scenes post, I explain my goals for 2024, so I won’t mention much about them here. But I can tell you there are plans in the works to finish current-works-in-progress from 2023 and earlier.

This landscape is one of them. Started in 2021, it went missing until late December when I found it right where I’d left it. I want to finish it as soon as possible, but with some significant changes.

Studio News for December 2023
Landscape with Blue Mountains, 7 x 9 inches, 240 grit UART

I also have some magazine related plans in the works, which I’ll talk about soon. I’m hoping you’ll be able to help me with that.

That’s the Studio News for December 2023

I hope you had a good month and a good year. I also hope to see you throughout this next year.

Remember, too, that if there’s a topic you’d like to read about, let me know. I published a survey on January 1. If you haven’t seen that, yet, I invite you to share your thoughts by clicking the button below.

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