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Creating Chaos-- anxiety and depression can really make being an artist difficult, but I am trying to make the best of it with your help.

Yo! I want to get to know more of you on :pixelfed: @pixelfed
What's your handle?

My and can be found at if you are interested.

I haven't been posting a lot of lately because I have been doing some secretive work. I am making a cookbook to give as gifts to people. I am sort of strapped for cash thanks to my and student loans.

When the cookbook is done, maybe I will drop the pages in my NextCloud and share the link for those of you interested. Maybe I'll print one and send it to you if you're really interested. After all, paper is inexpensive to post.

Catching up with the with oil pastels and pens.
I have never liked using pencils daily, but in art I found I liked them for adding value. So 2 years ago I challenged myself on inktober not to use pencil, to break things down simpler. My last couple pencil drawings in 4-5 min have been terrible. I guess I really did learn to use pens.

I often feed my shame demon by thinking what a pervy, toxic man boy I was in my youth. Apparently, objectifying women through my youth doesn't help my draw female faces. I am terrible at this.

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One of the things I like about the I am doing is the timed aspect. This feels freeing, like when I moved away from designing on the computer. No undo. I am learning to trust myself and go with it. First one in 4 min, second took 5. I used charcoal pencils.

Relaxing a bit. I am tempted to experiment beyond pencil, but I am easing into it. The sketch pencil I have is not as fine as I usually like. If I get used to that beast, I may move to some charcoal and oil pastels.

I am doing the via @Ayior where we are taking 2-5 minutes to capture a face.

Realistic Sketches in pencil has been a strength which is why I moved to watercolor to grow. But 5 minutes? Oh that's a challenge. Yikes.
5 minutes on the first, 4 on the second.

I've been working on my Slowpainting video for about 6 years.

My first acrylic painting is coming along. I'm adding details but it feels as if it is missing something. Like there's a lot of 'white space.' I want to keep it simple, so maybe I am just being hard on myself. I guess it looks overly simple at the moment.

Acrylic painting feels somewhat tedious. I am enjoying it, but maybe it is not for me. I used to do a lot of detailed pencil drawings and ink stippling. Now, my flavor seems to be watercolor and inky cartoons.

Maybe this is a natural process for me-- breaking down the complex, realistic style based on references into something created within my head?

I don't have a date or goal yet for going to an art market. I really should set one.

However, my strategy is just throwing everything at the wall. I've got a couple of ideas to paint on canvas, 2 collages done, a written piece I want to mount, stickers, and I hope to create a number of hand painted cards for sale. There's another wood craft I am thinking of doing as well.

Hey friends, I have a question. I'm planning on going to an art market with my work.

My idea is to sell mostly handmade watercolor cards. Though, I have a couple paintings and collages.

I have a name, but now I wonder if I'm building too many "brands?"

T-shirts under one name, cards under another, and my writing under my name.

Not sure what to do next. I've affixed half of the fortunes I've received in my life to this board.

More details, maybe some gold lines in between some of,the fortunes?

A finish of some kind? That seems like a good idea. I'm not sure what? Clear acrylic? I'm out of my element and experimenting, so feel free to chime in.

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