An Artistic Hiatus

From time to time I have to take a break and this is one of those times. Though to spite what the title might suggest it’s not a hiatus from art but a hiatus to art. A return to the roots from which I grew so long ago and stepping away from some of the thinner branches on which I tend to dwell.

See, mini painting isn’t so much of an art form to me as a technical practice. Everything is laid out before me, all the lines and shapes, directions and draw, all that’s left is a course of action. This doesn’t take away from the satisfaction of a mini well done but it does tend to quash my creativity more than a little bit. I assume other creative types go through something similar as well.

Anyway, I’ve taken a break from little ugly men to flex my muscle memory on flat art but as I’m inclined to do I couldn’t just settle into a nicely worn rut. No, that’d be to easy. Okay, the reality is I couldn’t settle back into my old graphite rut, I’m still dealing with some covid related advancement in my nerve damage in my hands and feet and that’s meant I don’t have a lot of feeling in my hands. Drawing with pencils requires a lot of tactile sense and I just don’t have it right now (anymore?) so I resorted to acrylic painting.

Acrylics might seem like something I’d be fairly comfortable with given how often I throw them around on minis but flat painting is a different beast to be sure. Nevertheless I managed to paint some stuff and I think I’ll continue down this path.

The skull and cupcake was the first one, both are done on canvas board. The helmet isn’t done and wont be as I learned 2 important things:

1. Canvas board is very rough and needs several coats of gesso or it will eat your brushes, not wanting to waste more brushes I’m moving on. I also like what I was able to achieve so I’ll keep it as a mile marker of progress.

2. Painting flat takes significantly longer than painting a mini.

If there was a 3 it would be I’m better at this than I ever thought I was. I don’t mean that as a brag, I thought I was terrible at painting but I’m not. I still have a long way to go before I’m good but I’m far from bad and I’ll call that a win.

All in all this month feels like a complete waste but, eh, I haven’t a clue.

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