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Commissioned start.

One of my massage clients has commissioned two art pieces from me. It was much needed significant financial support, and the resulting projects will help with my mental state to some degree as well. I am very appreciative and grateful to be getting paid for my fine art for the first time in my life, and paid well at that.

She has only supplied one of the original photographs so far, so that is the one I have started with.

It is a buffalo for her friend as a gift. The friend had taken the photograph during a close-up encounter on vacation. She requested my rendition of the animal.

I asked if there was any preferences and all she stipulated was size, much smaller than the check she supplied, so I chose a slightly larger paper. I decided to work in color favoring artist colored pencils with plans to add oil pastel for overlay portions.

This is the original and my work so far, only having about 3 hours in at this point. It is helping me to pull up emotionally, but I have more massage clients to get to today. More will have to wait for another day.

May you have good creative moments and much needed mental relief. May you have ample time for self-care. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.

Om Shanti

Thank you gift complete.

One of my clients gave me a wonderful Christmas gift, and she’s a good woman going through a lot of challenges. I didn’t expect anything from her, let alone everything she gave.

So, I asked her to text me a picture of her pooch. She had talked about him before, especially mentioning he was getting old enough he can’t handle walks anymore. I thought it would be a great thank you to draw a picture of him. So this is just me posting start to finish of the drawing.

The image she sent:

My drawing progression:

Final Image:

I just have to trim it down to the frame I have, and then the gift is complete. It was done on 9×12 paper, and my frame is 8×10, that’s why it’s off-set.

Specs: charcoal, graphite, and white pastel pencil on 9×12 Strathmore Bristol paper.

May you have good creative moments to end a crazy year and start a new one. May you find peace in your experience.

InkTober catchup

This will fulfill 6th through 10th prompts of: rodent (mouse), fancy and teeth (sugar skull), throw (dice), and hope (crucifix).

My goal was a Covid inspired, Halloween friendly, momento mori.

Sometimes life is a dice roll and you never know when you’ll get the final call. The crucifix is to remind us to have faith that whether it’s now or later God has our back, so to speak.

Final image:

4×4 micron pigma pen on Strathmore cold press watercolor paper.

Source images:

May you have good relieving creative moments. May you enjoy your artwork of choice. May you find ways to add to our world in helpful and/or beautiful ways. May you know God has your back.

Siva Hir Su