Sunday, July 1, 2007

Two Looks on Post 100

I'm happy and surprised to say that this is my 100th post. I'm celebrating with:

A Look Back
  1. Goals I Set in January that I've Met by July
    - Get in the practice of drawing everyday - measured by filling a moleskine (which is close to filled)
    - Read through Colored Pencil for Serious Beginners (Bet Borgeson)
    - Read through Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step (Ann Kullberg)
    - Copy several Sargent portraits
    - Copy several Ingres portraits
  2. Themes I've Kept To
    - Portraits: spent all of January doing only portraits
    - Landscapes: worked on this in February
    - Nature in color: did this in June
    - Everyday objects
  3. Artists I've Studied
    - January: John Singer Sargent
    - February: Vincent van Gogh
    - March: John William Waterhouse
    - April: Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres
    - May: James McNeill Whistler
    - June: Georgia O'Keeffe
  4. Things I Didn't Plan to Do, but have done
    - Start and continue a blog
    - Successfully complete a paid commission
    - Begin looking at the art market
  5. Goals That are "In Progress"
    - Working on Perspective
    - Get started in acrylics
    - Get started in colored pencils
    - Drawing more from life
    - Drawing from memory, eventually as a daily goal
A Look Ahead
  1. Goals I Set in January, Still to be Met
    - Finish a work large enough to go over my couch
    - Finish 12 works that would fit nicely into a calendar
    - Continue on the "In Progress" goals listed above
    - Work on some architecture in pen and ink
  2. Artists To Study
    - July: Maxfield Parrish (with Maggie Stiefvater)
    - Aug-Dec: Winslow Homer, Degas, Turner, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Da Vinci (I will adapt this to enable myself to join in on any groups that are studying a master)
    - Also in July: I plan to buoy myself against discouragement with "Parrish blues" by also working through (again) Hale's Drawing Lessons From the Masters - any tidbits I plan to pass along on this blog.
  3. New Goals To Add
    - Continue with the blog
    - Tweaking the blog as time permits
    - Look at building a portrait commission business
    - Learn more color theory and application

Finally, a special thanks to all those who have commented and emailed their encouragement and advice! I have learned a tremendous amount in just a short time, largely because of the kindness of others. I never expected this to be such a rewarding experience!

Onward and upward...


lilje said...

Hey! I just dropped by and want you to know that I think you're good! :)

Katherine said...

Rose - you've not only done tremendously well, you're also setting the pace at times. Keep up the good work.

Rose Welty said...

Wow, Katherine, thanks. You've made my week!