a figure drawing from 2001 pastel

2001 was the worst year of my life. I feel much better now but back then I could only get off the sofa to go to open studio figure drawing once or twice a week. I thought the black paper was appropriate for my mood and it makes a dramatic looking drawing. Notice the look on the model’s face. hahahah

Last night I had a dream that I was painting at home because it’s cold and windy out and I spilled paint on the rug. It was some special hand woven antique imported rug, not mine. I wanted to escape before they saw the paint and I had to climb out of there over these timbers that were spanning a huge dark pit. The timbers were burned or rotted so it was dangerous. Finally I managed to haul my butt out of there and it was great!

Now, I’m not really feeling the Christmas spirit this year and that’s ok. Feeling apathetic is a big improvement over the stress of so many Christmases past.

I did buy a poinsettia for myself. That’s my one decoration. That’s all I want. Maybe I can paint it. Every year I want to paint a poinsettia and have never done it.

15 thoughts on “a figure drawing from 2001 pastel”

  1. Well, that sucks! And I’m not being patronizing when I say I’ve been there myself. An assortment of ailments and surgeries for both me and my husband followed by depression, anxiety .. crap upon crap upon crap. But then a couple of new grandchildren and things suddenly start looking up! I’m hoping you’re feeling better now (is anyone really feeling better these days?) and if a poinsettia is what makes you happy then go for it! Onward and upward! Have a Merry Little Christmas and enjoy that poinsettia!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Most people can relate in some way. Things do improve with time. I hope others know the situation that’s bringing them down is temporary. I’ll be glad to be home and probably alone on Christmas because for so many years I drove 1000 miles in the worst traffic of the year. omg. What a relief to be off that hook!

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  2. 😮 you captured the natural form of a body so well, the knee, the stomach the thighs, incredible! I am blown away. Also, loving the expression on the model, sometimes we need some of that, can’t be smiles all the time. The description of how you were feeling, paired with the expression on the painting, translates perfectly.

    I think this is going to be an important piece that would help people to love their bodies more.

    Paint the poinsettia! If you haven’t already 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much about the drawing! If it would help someone love their body more that would be wonderful! I don’t try to put my moods into my paintings but they show up in there anyway. I painted the poinsettia. That was fun.

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