It’s on days like this that setting a minimum amount of acceptable work is paramount. I had a huge loss of motivation tonight and really didn’t know what to draw or paint and didn’t feel like doing any of it. But, no matter what I can get at least 30 minutes of something done.
All I did tonight was a warmup drawing and a figure drawing from photo reference. The funny thing is that the drawing went really well. I started by doing a gesture of the pose then began reworking it to get the proportion correct. Maybe it was because I chose an easier pose but I was at least happy with my progress and the loss of motivation wasn’t so bad at the end.
One of the biggest causes for my loss of motivation was not knowing exactly what to do. My wife and I went to a dinner tonight at a wildlife refuge and a person gave a talk about Alaska and showed some amazing photos of the landscape there. The landscape photos were so beautiful it got me thinking that maybe I should be doing landscape work. Which is very hard at the moment considering it gets dark here at 5pm now and I don’t get off work until around 4. I think I’m going to have to take some advice shared by Jame Gurney and maybe use some photo graphs to do landscape paintings and drawings.