An Abundance of Energy

I have an abundance of energy today due to some amazing sleep efficiency so I poured all that energy into creative work, loving every minute of it.

Part of striving to be great in art and anything is getting your energy right. If your energy isn’t good and you’re stumbling around in a half daze it becomes super difficult to show up at your best in what you love.

This is why I put many protocols in place throughout my day so that I can show up as best as I can every moment through out the day. Sleeping well, eating right, exercising and meditation are tools to create art just the same as a pencil or a paint brush. In fact, they are a foundation that allows all other tools to be wielded masterfully.

Mr Rogers Drawing

For Mr Rogers today I focused on defining a very accurate drawing, establishing the lightest list, the darkest dark and filling in the drawing with a block-in value. The block in value will be adjusted lighter or darker moving forward but it’s nice to have a base down to work from.

Previous Mr Rogers Drawing Posts

Satsuma Still Life in Oil

For the Satsuma painting I decided to get the background dialed in the way I wanted it and it made all the difference. I can’t wait to work on the rest of the players in the painting next. In fact the painting is going so well that I think I can finish it before the end of the week as long as I can repeat my abundance of energy.

Satsumas Still life in oil


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Extended Gesture Study

I’m on to a brand new exercise in the The Natural Way to Draw book. Like most of the exercises before this one I really love it. The purpose of this exercise is to do a quick gesture and then work on it further for 30 minutes constantly switching back and forth from measuring to gestures. This is so the gesture of the figure won’t get to stiff.

In the text surrounding the exercise Nicolaides talks about for this drawing we are to use all that we have learned before to create this drawing. Then he goes on further to say…

“All of these exercises are tied up together in the effort to understand the fundamental truth out there — in the model or the event. Each effort, as fleeting as it may seem, is a link in the chain of your progress.”

Kimon Nicolaides

I love this quote! It sums up what I have seen for myself in the past 7+ years of daily art that I’ve been doing. Every little effort I make daily, no matter how small, compounds into real skill over time.

Extended Gesture Study

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew this woman from a stock photo yesterday during my gesture exercise and I really loved how all of her clothes and body pointed to her cell phone. It was like the cell phone was sucking in all that she is. I even put the cell phone in the exact center of the rectangle. This could lead to a larger painted composition rife with commentary on the need for digital minimalism.

The sketch is of a tea mug, simple, but not easy.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I have an abundance of energy because I rocked my protocols and figured out some supplements that are allowing me to get the maximum quality sleep. I have to thank to help me keep an experimenters mindset and continually spiral up!

Optimize your life and actualize your potential

What needs work? What did you learn?

This is a tough one today to figure out. I feel like I’ve rocked this day so hard that there is nothing wrong with it. But, after thinking for only a second, I feel that I can dial in my daily sketch a bit more and challenge myself.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

For my daily sketch I think I’m going to find a more difficult object that I can draw for several days in a row.

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