I took a few days off from tending grounds in hope to dive into studio work, instead I’ve been struggling with keeping my energy up. I’ve been feeling lightheaded when I stand up and move around, I’m tight, achy, and having trouble staying focused. Off handedly I inappropriately hope it’s covid, but instead, it’s depressing to believe that it’s more likely that my age is catching up with me as I slow down.

I have been getting a little in though… Today’s 5”by 5” project was to prime a few sheets of paper with a light yellow ocher tinted gesso and start blocking in faces and hands with charcoal in preparation for another round of painting. I’m keeping the exercise as simple as I can, focusing on the initial laying the charcoal sketch, mixing that pallet, and managing to keep the brushwork readable (no mud).

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