I Finished The Satsuma Painting

I was able to end up with a very productive art day today despite all the errands I had to run. Plus I finished the satsuma painting.

Mr Rogers is coming around now. I spent an hour today just working on adding details through darker values. The change from last session and this session is tremendous.

Mr Rogers Drawing

Previous Mr Rogers Drawing Posts

Satsuma Still Life in Oil

I really like this painting even though it’s been months since I’ve used oil I was able to pull out a nice painting. It is a very simplistic subject, I chose it intentionally. After months of not using oil I didn’t want to start up again with a figure in oil, that might have been a disaster.


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Extended Gesture Study

I really enjoy these extended gesture studies from the The Natural Way to Draw book. I’m beginning to marry the fluidity of gesture, the structure of form and the mechanical nature of measurement all into one drawing. Keeping a balance of everything is the key.

Extended Gesture Study

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew Pattie sitting on a bench reading. My drawing is completely different from the actual photo but it’s what I remembered and I’m happy with it. The sketch today was from a stock photo and I decided to turn this guy into simple shapes. One of the predominant exercises in Steve Huston’s book.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I finished the satsuma painting and I was able to get a lot of art done.

What needs work? What did you learn?

When I try to fit so much into my day I get stressed especially at the end of the day with my post, this is effecting my sleep and I can’t have that.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Tomorrow I’ll have a full day but I’ll plan out some deep work time block and try and be really accurate with all the time that I have.

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