Summer Update

It’s the first day of summer. Medical school has waned, and art has commenced. Since my last day of classes a few weeks ago, I have had opportunities to design digital works for friends and colleagues, and just recently, I resumed working on an album cover for a musician friend. But, I will write about that in a separate post.

During the year, I’ve been mainly using cooking as a creative outlet. I’ve made delicious dishes that are within the parameters of my most recent diet: the Whals Protocol. It is a diet I’ve kept now, off-and-on, for nearly two years. It has a very credentialed author, and current research is showing lots of promise at staving off chronic disease. Plus, I feel wonderful most of the time, digestion and energy-wise. Sometimes, the best evidence comes from conducting experiments on oneself.

 

I’ve also left various doodles on white boards around school.

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Obviously, or not so obviously, some other students added their drawings to my cupcake and coffee:

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As soon as school let out, I finally hung up some old paintings around my home, and I tried my hand at painting a rose. However, I had to throw away the first attempt, because I was very rusty. The painting was not becoming what I had imagined in my mind. It’s been about a year since I’ve worked with actual paint, and patience is a requirement for obtaining skill. It’s frustrating when what you’re attempting to create doesn’t match with what is in your mind’s eye.

As I worked, it was fun to see the skill slowly come back. Here is the second attempt:

It’s still not exactly the look I wanted, but it’s much better than the first one I threw away. I will probably not finish it, since it is a practice. It’s been sitting idle for about two weeks now…

 

I have a couple of research projects for school to focus on during the first half of summer, but I’ve been thinking about pursuing the “Painting A Day” challenge for the second half. In recent years, some artists began creating one, small painting each day in order to sharpen skills, and gain more discipline. It’s a modern movement, with many artists selling their small works online. I think the activity could be a great way for me to get more practice in July.

Here are a couple of links to inspirational artists who have gone the “paintings a day” route. Their works are mainly impressionistic still-lifes, which I love:

Duane Keiser:

http://www.duanekeiser.com/apaintingaday

Here are some of his works:


Carol Marine:

http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/?m=1

Here are some of her works:

 

Of course, before embarking on a painting a day (which I imagine will be difficult to maintain at times), I will be working on the current art projects at hand, including the portrait project, and that mysterious album cover. By summer’s end, I plan to have a gallery of sorts on my blog for my old paintings.

 

More posts to come,

Joy