Sandra Woods
Art despite pain

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(posted on 21 Jan 2024)

If you've subscribed to my seasonal newsletter, Studio Scenes, the winter edition should be landing in your inbox right about now. If you haven't received it yet, check your "junk" or "spam" folder.

Although I try to send these within about a week of each Equinox or Solstice, the winter edition generally isn't released until after the holiday period - in any case, who has the time to read an eNewsletter during the festive period?

Best described as a backstage pass to my art studio, Studio Scenes provides a bit more detail than what's possible in social media or even here on the website. It's a glimpse behind-the-scenes, with photos, and an opportunity to read about the inspirations for my current artworks. The newsletter mentions which art books, magazines, and articles I’m reading, along with information about upcoming exhibitions and events.

The winter 2024 edition of Studio Scenes gave a hint that there's some big news coming, but I can't yell you quite yet what that is... so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I'm continuing my January sketch-a-day challenge, completing one pencil sketch each day of an item inside my home. Still life objects are fairly unusual subjects for me,  but make excellent practice for honing observational skills - which are important for my preferred landscapes, florals, and wildlife scenes.

I'll admit that I'm finding plenty of natural objects or even wildlife-related items around my home, to sketch. Like this beautiful feather, from a Red-tailed hawk that I had stopped to observe while cycling this past summer. I call it my feather-treasure,  and carefully followed the instructions to clean it - with repeated stints in the feeezer, to preserve it safely.

This is my first attempt at sketching a feather, and I'm quite happy with it.