Over the past couple of weeks I have made it my goal to get up half an hour earlier than I need to get ready for work and to get some quick sketching time in the mornings.
Using this time has been a great help for me to form this sketching habit and I’ll be using to cover a range of themes and subjects, I began with still life drawing, next week maybe I’ll do some master studies.
Another bonus aspect is that with it being so early in the morning, tight detailed drawings are not the way; this helps me to keep the sketches loose and fluent.
Yesterday I made some changes to my site, cleaned up the menus and got a new banner/header designed and uploaded, it was a much needed facelift and now I can focus on the writing and creating again.
First of all, I may or may not have mentioned that I’m going to put together a portfolio of mural art and start moving in that general direction to attempt to make a successful business from my artwork; earning a sustainable income and enjoying the work that I’m undertaking. I whitewashed a wall in my house and I’m going to work a bunch of small scale mural pieces in order to get the portfolio started, I’ll then attack a couple of the larger walls in my house with fully fledged pieces and jump into the business world and hopefully hit the ground running!
Things have been considerably quiet on the blog posting front as of late but behind the scenes the wheels haven’t stopped turning, well not quite anyway…
Work and other commitments take their toll on my time and make it hard to update the blog as regularly as I want to.
That being said, I’ve decided to step into a slightly new venture and try my hand at turning my artwork into a marketable business plan and I intend to start painting murals. I spent yesterday white washing a practice wall at home and I’ve drawn up a design to try out in my first attempt, it’s not a huge piece but a good starting ground for this new journey.
‘I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.
I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles.
I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.’
Bilbo Baggins is a character from Tolkien’s legendarium who has fascinated me since my first encounter with him in the opening chapter of The Lord of the Rings, which I read quite some time before The Hobbit.
Recently I was inspired to again pick up my copy of The Hobbit and have another read through; also to further explore the character of Bilbo and get some artworks done in the process.
My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots!
My latest venture into the beautiful world of Middle-earth has drawn to a close and I now have a new piece of artwork to share with you all!
This piece was inspired by the song of the same title as recited by Bilbo Baggins when he leaves the Shire to head for Rivendell in The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter I: “A Long-expected Party”
The past couple of weeks have been more hectic and upside down than they usually are, which is saying something; between the massively unsociable hour shifts I work and decorating/upheaval going on at home; art life and blog posts have been a bit of a mythological prospect.
However, there hasn’t been total radio silence on the artwork front.