Cheers to Conquering My Fear

A Toast to Quiet Moments, Figure Painting & More

 

Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture in a drawing or figure painting. Sketch by James Jean.
Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture.
Sketch by James Jean.

As I am faced with being a little over a month into this “new” year, I wanted to take the opportunity to belatedly craft a toast to 2016 and acknowledge all the great art that has been created in the past and has yet to be done in the future; all the work being made across the world; and how thrilled I am to be part of the continuum. I want to hail all the ways we express our artistic impulses (from the napkin doodle to a figure painting to a still life sketch) and the places that creativity and thoughtful concepts can lead. From the bottom of my heart, I salute it—and all of you.

Cheers to sketching and catching our friends, family, strangers, and passersby in moments that last a split second but that we can make last forever in a quick drawing. I’m a better sketch artist for having worked through quick sketch after quick sketch, and I feel more confident about that part of my artistic process than ever before.

Cheers to the human form, figure painting, and how it continues to inspire. Water Serpents II by Gustav Klimt, 1904.
Cheers to the human form, figure painting, and how it continues to inspire. Water Serpents II by Gustav Klimt, 1904 (orientation reversed).

Cheers to all the artists who realize how interesting and compelling the human figure is. Whether at rest or in action, ideally formed or not so ideally formed, the body is an endlessly interesting subject and one that deserves our attention and innovation in figure painting. My place on this path may still be near the starting line, but I am always working toward ways to better understand the body so that I can better describe its forms and functions in visually powerful ways.

Cheers to discovering new ways of working with the materials you respond to. Here’s to figuring out how to loosen up artistically and hone our understanding of pictorial language so that we can keep design strategies and choices in mind when working on our paintings and drawings.

Cheers to conquering…sorta…my fear of stepping outside my comfort zone and making sense of all the beauty and power that comes with figure painting. I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than painting from life, soaking up the details of the human form, and being able to create in the moment–it is such a gift. Cheers especially to the Art Students League of New York Collection that gives an insider’s take on working large, working from life, poetic realism, and more.

And cheers to all of you who are a part of Artist Daily. It was an interesting and fun year, and I’m excited for whatever 2017 brings. All my best,

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About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

3 thoughts on “Cheers to Conquering My Fear

  1. I want to commend Courtney on her, Cheers to the quiet moments at home that artists can capture at home. I too find inspiration in observing my loved ones and pets at rest.

  2. HI Courtney
    thanks for sharing the sketch by James Jean! I clicked on the link and browsed his website–it is so amazing!! I feel like I have so far to go, but yet, I am inspired and awed by his vision and talent.
    Thanks!

  3. HI Courtney
    thanks for sharing the sketch by James Jean! I clicked on the link and browsed his website–it is so amazing!! I feel like I have so far to go, but yet, I am inspired and awed by his vision and talent.
    Thanks!

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