Here we are in February 2024 already. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around, but it’s time for the studio news for January 2024.
Studio News for January 2024
Special News (like the Jelly Bean classes)
The Spring Storm Jelly Bean class originally scheduled for January 27 was postponed due to the unexpected death of a close friend. The funeral was the same day as the class. I could have done both, but was allowed to reschedule the class to February 3. I want to thank all of the students who graciously allowed this rescheduling to happen.
CP Magic! News
The February issue of CP Magic! is ready and available for purchase. For the second year in a row, the February issue is a showcase of the best art from nearly fifty artists. The layout is different, with larger images.
This year’s showcase also includes artist’s comments and insights on their work. Each artist shares their thoughts on the subject, the tools and techniques they used, or special challenges they had to overcome. That makes this issue a learning tool as well as magnificent eye candy.
Current Works in Progress
I have two works in progress that I’m actually working on. One of them is a half-finished portrait that I can’t yet share with you. Hopefully next month.
The other drawing is one of those older drawings I mentioned in my post about 2024 goals. You may remember that one of my goals was to finish as many older, unfinished drawings as possible this year.
Well, I started this piece in March 2021, almost three years ago. I lost track of it until late last year and started working on it again in the middle of January, thinking it would be a cinch to finish. I had another think coming!
Part of the reason is that I decided to give the landscape a more spring-like feel, which meant changing the grass from drab brown to green. I just couldn’t get those greens to look right, no matter what I did.
I also made some compositional changes, so I ended up not finishing it in January.
However, it’s quite close to completion and I’m hoping to sign it sometime this month.
Looking to the Future
Late in January, while preparing for a special project and shopping for supplies, I discovered that Dick Blick sells pads of Stonehenge paper that are 3-1/2 by 2-1/2 inches in size (ACEO size). I was so excited by that discovery and by the possibility of sinking my artistic teeth into a series of ACEO landscapes, that I bought one pad of white Stonehenge and one pad of multi-color Stonehenge.
That got me to thinking about ways to involve readers, too. Ideas include an ACEO club of some sort or a series of tutorials on making ACEOs, but the possibilities are limitless.
What do you think? Are you interested in something like that? If you have any ideas, let me know.
That’s the Studio News for January 2024
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