This is my first pencil drawing in a while – aside from some gestures I did in February, I don’t think I’ve done a purely pencil drawing since last February.
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.
My aunt has a book on landscapes in watercolor, so I was looking at it recently and decided to try one of the projects listed in the book – I’m pretty sure it was a painting of the Rockies somewhere. It was the very first project & introduces you to basic watercolor washes, layering, etc.
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!