9×12 Strathmore Charcoal Paper with laid finish. Prismacolor artist pencils and oil pastels.
Images as follows: my original photographs used for references, googled images used as references, and finally progression of drawing.
Like the commissions I worked on this in just my spare time. I’m going to sit with it for a couple days, then, if satisfied, scan for reproduction and frame.
May you enjoy creative moments. May you find peace in your days. May life be colorfully wonderful always. May your creativity inspire active endeavors. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
** I decided after an afternoon staring at it, that I needed to revisit the background sky. I decided I didn’t like the gradient I did and thought it should echo the sky inside the shell to reinforce the title. So I’m almost done with the revision. I will update when complete.
I did have to add just a little oil pastel to finish the sky correction.
As I mentioned it’s been a rough month. I haven’t had nearly as much time for art therapy as I would have liked, so my progress is not as much as I’d have liked to have done. But I do appreciate that I was able to get some of it done and I know my brain needed the sanity relief so it all counts.
See previous posts for beginning progress:
“Today’s progress” from June 17th
“Overcome Toxic” from June 23rd
Bringing it current, see pictures below.
May you have good creative moments. May you find your stress relief and sanity in whatever ways you prefer most. May you always have plenty of enjoyable time. May you remain stable during challenges. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
No responsibilities. No kids. No requirements. No things to think about or solve. No schedule or places to be. It is my choice.
I started at my brother’s house because my sister in law picked me up for a break for herself, and they were saving me a rental car by loaning me one of theirs.
So 9:30 was saying hi to everyone that has already made it. Then I wandered his property. It is so beautiful I took pictures. Here’s some highlights:
Then I needed to decompress and find the ocean. He’s 15 minuets From several options, but I picked Stonington’s borough.
I sat on one stretch of rocks by the docks, then walked further out to the small beach. Again a few highlights for your viewing pleasure:
After quite some time I decided I was thirsty and somewhat hungry. I went to the restaurant on the pier by the docks. It’s called breakwater.
I enjoyed a grilled lobster roll with sweet potato waffle fries and a rum punch with a Flourless Chocolate Torte for dessert. I went only slightly off of my diet choices to accommodate a wonderfully east coast amazing meal. Nothing an extra Benadryl can’t solve, especially since it was so yummy and a good meal by the water.
So far I am having an amazing day, and it’s only 3pm. I have 5400 steps in and much needed relaxation, and a super yummy meal. Did I mention I really needed this!
My phone battery is running low from all the pictures/videos, so I may not be able to post this fully until later tonight when I get back to my hotel. Needless to say, I’m really enjoying much needed relief and relaxation.
I am enjoying this short trip immensely, I really needed it and I’m milking it for every ounce of joy possible.
On a side tangent, as someone who never gets their nails done because I have to trim them twice weekly, I didn’t want to spend any significant money making mine look good for this short special occasion. My first attempt was peel and stick. They were pretty with gold accents, but were easily loosened by normal tasks and came off the first time I washed my hands. My second attempt is a do-it-yourself glue on set which I had to trim down. They’re not perfect like high dollar manicures, but pretty and they accomplished what I was going for. Both sets were $5 from “Five Below”.
May you have immense relief when you need it. May you enjoy yourself and still be kind to your body. May you have exactly what you need and desire in any given moment. Above all may the joy you experience, help you find the healing you seek in every moment. May you know that God loves and supports you in all that you do.