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It's good to be back!!! I finished the 73 illustrations and got them shipped off and am happy to be back to the painting again! I took advantage of having time to go to a life-drawing session yesterday to draw as well as take a few photos to paint from. I can't remember how long it's been since I've worked from a nude model. How wonderful to do it! I'd forgotten how much I love just seeing the subtleties in the body and the lyricism in the way the bones and muscles flow together.
Getting back to painting again has been painful! I worked on a little one Thursday that I scraped off three times before I finally realized I wasn't going to get it that day! Not painting very much for nearly three months definitely takes its toll. On the other hand, I need to be reminded to have a certain humility in the face of what I do--and once I start to feel pretty sure of myself, I tend to forget that. I also saw what huge expectations I had as far as what I'd hope to accomplish once I got back to work--once again, to quote my dad, "let it go, Louie, let it go"!