Reverie – Graphite, Conte on Paper

Here is a gallery of my most recent drawing Reverie. I am finally starting to come into my own in class and get comfortable with the mediums. I have also been looking at a ton of great contemporary representational artists that both elevate my aspirations and inspire my learning. Looking at great art also keeps you humble, very, very humble! For the first time in a completed drawing I achieved the goals I had and found a few unexpected lessons along the way. I am now drawing almost every moment that I am not in class or asleep and I am loving it. I am also exploring pastels and will put up my first pastel eggs as soon as I get a picture of them.

I am so grateful to the circumstances that have made my study of art possible – though they are so – very – hard. At 46 years old you hear a lot of things in your mind that carry doubt and fear. To start over, to begin new where I should have begun years ago is a humbling moment of acknowledging big mistakes and embracing a future that you have no idea where it will lead. So many of the artist’s I look at with awe are younger than me and have already been doing their art 10-15 years, and I wonder if I can even achieve half of what they have achieved in terms of craft, I wonder if I should even be so bold as to try. The answer to that lay in my heart and is truth, and must be honored. One thing that my experiences and age has taught me is to appreciate the ride, enjoy the act of creating itself and don’t let competition and outcomes drive too much of your activity. It is the ego that wants to be a great artist. It is the Artist that simply wants to create. Be the artist, do your very best.
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ReverieGraphite and Conte Pierre Noirre on Paper
15.5″ x 22″

1 thought on “Reverie – Graphite, Conte on Paper

  1. Beautiful work, Sandra! I could relate to your comments about age. At least you’re *only* 46. I’m 61 and starting out on my own creative path after many years of letting it all lie dormant. It’s never too late and I only wish I had started this more serious pursuit many,many years ago. But I’m grateful for at least having been given the opportunity now. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Give me love to John. Someday we’ll meet up with you guys in person (we are playing with plans for next year–as always it’s a financial thing…)

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