Hello, hello. I haven’t posted here since July 2017! Two years ago I started doing a degree program in music composition and theory, and after an extremely busy, chaotic (and somewhat unhealthy) two years, I am happy to report that I’ve graduated. I’ve also left my full time job after 10 years to take a bit of a “sabbatical” for myself, and so I’m fortunate to find myself with more time on my hands as I figure out where I’m headed in this next stage in life.
After my not-so-impressive landscape, I decided to go back to familiar territory & try my hand at an animal – specifically, a laughing gull, which you see a lot of in Galveston! My tendency is to use my Micron pens for an outline because I really like watercolor & ink, but this time I decided to go sans-pen.
I technically started this drawing a bit earlier in June, but most of it was done last week while I was visiting family in Galveston, Texas. Donkeys are pretty great and I’m reading a book right now that has a couple of donkey characters in it, so a donkey drawing seemed appropriate at this time.
Well, well, well! Look who’s back! Yes, it is I. My goal to update every week fell by the wayside, but in my defense, I’m now a full-time student in addition to working full-time+, so it was hard to stick to that goal during the spring semester. However, I should have some time this summer and hope to update the blog a bit more over the next few months. In fact, I should have a series of posts coming out over the next 5-6 days to showcase some stuff that I have recently been working on while on vacation.
I’m not always the best at talking about issues that matter to me – I suppose that’s why it’s generally easier for me to express myself through music or art. However! There has been a lot in the news that’s been concerning me lately, & a lot of that is related to climate change. In about a week, the Trump administration has instituted a media blackout/gag order for the EPA and brought back the pipelines, among other things. While I’m not a scientist myself, I love science & believe that the scientific process is key to understanding our world. When the vast majority of scientists believe that climate change is happening & that humans have an impact on it, who am I to disagree?
With that being said, if you live in the US & want to try & do something, please consider signing a petition to ungag the EPA and call your senators to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.
Also check out some of the rogue/alt accounts that have been popping up surrounding the EPA gag order – I’m not a social media person & do not use Twitter, so it’s saying something when I recommend checking them out!:
And a lot more: https://twitter.com/ariherzog/lists/alt-and-rogue/members
Also, please support the ACLU because they kicked ass this weekend: https://www.aclu.org/
And, now on to some commentary about the painting!
I’m kind of getting this in right at the last moment! However, I’m feeling pretty good that I’ve managed to upload a drawing once a week so far this year.
For week #2 of 2017, I finally finished a drawing I’d started about a month ago – I’m pretty sure it’s a black lab puppy. I’d already had the outline done & just wanted to add some details & shading.