I’m still trying to find new subject matter. We were at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale the other day and there were a lot of colorful characters. But wouldn’t you know it! I left the camera in the car. Convenient excuse. I probably would have been too shy to ask complete strangers if I could take their picture. In the meantime I still have one more hat in my repertoire that I haven’t drawn so here it is in the beginning phases. “Top ‘O’ the Morning to Ya”.
This happens a lot. I start out on a drawing. The first part – which is roughing the sketch in – is uneventful. I determine my composition. I put in down. Then I have to start blocking in the color. This is where what happens a lot begins. I start having doubts. I’m thinking is this the drawing where I blow it and I have to start over? Am I going to totally mess this one up?
So I work and I’m working alongside this low level anxiety. We’re companions on this journey. I’ll stop now and then to take a step back and look at how things are progressing. Then this next thing happens. Somehow in the working I get to a point where the anxiety completely evaporates. I look at what is happening on the paper and it’s looking good. I never know when that point will come, if it will come or if it will ever come. But so far it has always come. This painting got there. I know it’s going to turn out the way I want. It’s an interesting process.