Introducing: The Shallow End

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Hello February!

This year I thought I would shake up the blog a little bit. I really like offering a second post for the month, but I don’t quite work fast enough to regularly post a sketchbook tour.

When I do have a sketchbook or project to share, that will stay at the mid-month post. But for the months that I don’t, I’ll be offering instead my usual blog post content, which is usually a deep dive into a single topic that’s on my mind…

So what happens on the 1st? Well, The Shallow End — an informal newsletter of sorts, including behind the scenes of what I’ve been working on, inspired by, and any upcoming events (you never know!).

I’m really excited about this format, since I think it will allow me to share a bit more about myself but also more about my art too! I hope you enjoy it!

Over the holidays, I was really focused on stepping back and building a habit of sketching regularly. Normally I just sort of “doodled” at best. So, for January, I tried to get back into the rhythm of regularly making art, while still keeping up the sketching practice… and I’ve found it hard to do both well!

I seem to be okay with spending the day in my sketchbook with a pencil practicing skills I want to develop. OR I can grab my favorite art supplies and drawing board, and spend the day engrossed in a new illustration. The thought of doing both in the same day is weirdly intimidating. But I’m trying…

I did create a new watercolor piece in January — The Winter Night. I really want to focus on physical media this year — so, mainly watercolor, ink, and colored pencils. This means I’m also challenging myself to work from specific color palettes. I’m used to sort of winging it and making adjustments when I color pieces digitally. But physical media is much less forgiving in that regard so it’s forcing me to plan ahead… good practice in color theory, I guess!

In other news, I’m so sad The Good Place is over. I’m writing this just before the series finale, and I’m not ready. In case I haven’t mentioned it recently, I did my undergrad in Philosophy, and focused on Ethics. So it was great to see a comedy mention and even discuss ethics seriously. It was amazing. And honestly I think the show was funny anyway, even if I that hadn’t been my background. But after Thursday, I guess I’m back to not using my degree anymore. Haha. 😉

I started a reading goal for 2020 — stop buying new books. I have so many already that I haven’t read so I curated them into a reading list for the year. I’m also trying to be better about using the library, since they offer ebooks now too.

I’m currently reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. It’s one I’ve owned for a while but couldn’t get into previously. But as a huge Jane Austen fan, I’m back at it. I’m only a handful of chapters into it, but it’s starting to pick up, and I’m definitely intrigued by the lore and use of magic in the Regency era. It’s a cool concept, I guess I’m just waiting for a more exciting character to show up…But so far, no idea what’s going to happen!

Speaking of books, that’s definitely where I’m finding a lot of inspiration for my art right now. I’ve recently become a fan of Art Books. You know, the big, luxurious, full-color coffee table books filled with amazing art and the stories behind it? I knew there were books for the greats — Van Gogh, da Vinci, etc. But I’m learning it’s more common now for contemporary artists to offer art books too!

I stocked up on a few over Christmas, and I can already tell this new obsession will be my downfall, since they are kind of expensive — so I’m glad I’m sticking to free books otherwise. Oof!

What book are you reading right now? Are you mourning The Good Place too? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for joining me at The Shallow End!

2 thoughts on “Introducing: The Shallow End

  1. I just finished Isabel Allende’s The Long Petal of the Sea. It is the first book from a Chilean author I have read and I liked the touch of magical realism. What a great book. I recommend it. I’m trying to read Allende’s City of the Beasts but my Amazon account is messed up and I feel like I have been taken as a literary hostage! If I ever read again I’ll let you know how it is.

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