The Art Marathon Has Begun

I’m off work all next week so I’ve decided to have an art marathon where I try and get in as much art making and creative work as I can every day.

I kicked off my morning with my warmup, as usual, then I moved on to exercises from The Natural Way to Draw, then daily composition and sketch. Then I took a break for breakfast and a wonderful call with a fellow artist.

I realized that I love talking about art and my experiences though the years. I have so much passion for this craft and I can’t help but get emotional whenever I talk about it. This is even if I’ve repeated the same information over and over again. The passion is still there.

After the super awesome call I moved on to the Mr Rogers drawing, the satsuma oil painting, then my post. Between I’ve had several breaks, oscillating for the win, and two workouts plus breaks for food. Regardless of my motivation to work hard I make sure that I take breaks and continue my commitment to my health. I can’t create art if I’m unhealthy, stressed and burned out. It all feeds back into my art.

Mr Rogers Drawing

Mr Rogers is going well at this stage. I also took some time to get clear on my intentions for this drawing. Thinking about Fred Rogers and his commitment to helping children and education I came up with the following words to express in the drawing.

  • Quiet
  • Powerful
  • Caring
  • Loving
  • Driven
  • Unafraid
  • Playful

I love doing this because it forces me to think about communication not just the technical details of making a drawing. For example, if I want a quiet, caring, loving and playful drawing I would use a subtle material like graphite rather than a bold and dark material like charcoal. So I have at least that, start with graphite and go from there.

Previous Mr Rogers Drawing Posts

Satsuma Still Life in Oil

Still continuing with my satsuma oil painting and still loving it. I’m glad I have enough time in the day to work it into my art marathon.

Satsumas Still life in oil


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


Head Study

A simple head study from The Natural Way to Draw book. I didn’t think about this one too much or try and get the drawing super accurate. I just wanted to work hard on picturing the form of the head in space and getting that feeling of mass, weight and three dimentions.

Head Study

Daily Composition and Sketch

I drew a woman from a stock photo and worked hard to make her out of simple shapes first then work up the details. Then I drew my blood pressure cuff, something I interact with every day. Like I said above my health is paramount, without it I can’t create and the better my health the better I can create.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I’ve started my art marathon week and I’m super excited to work on art stuff all day!

What needs work? What did you learn?

I didn’t take my nap. I programmed everything else through the day but forgot my nap. I have some time though so I’ll use it as a meditation session.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

Always get in the self care habit that work the best. If it works keep doing it!

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