I’m falling a bit behind on my goal of 1-art-piece-or-major-addition-to-existing-piece/week, but am still getting a few doses of art-time in between all the running and temporarily more-intense-than-usual work schedule.
I’m currently being inspired (and made slightly jealous by!) the amazing artists featured on the MedLifeArt account on Instagram. I’m hoping that doing a little anatomy-art every week will serve as a dose of anatomy studying and will help me to improve my musculoskeletal system anatomy knowledge for work and improve my non-work human figure (especially human figure in motion) drawing skills.
Two bony structures that always give me a really tough time are the spine/vertebrae and the pelvis, so perhaps I should focus on those for the next few drawings…both have complicated structures and confusing spatial relationships so present a great challenge for capturing in two dimensions!
With MountainMan putting in some time at work today and my BolderBoulder race plans cancelled the Memorial Day holiday brought me a long day alone to get some work done around the house, do some reading, explore some new trails, and catch up a bit more on my drawing/art practice.
I was blessed this morning with my first pain-free long, hilly run since injuring my hamstring. I set out to explore some new trails with the intention of walking if anything got tight or if the downhills were too long/steep, and the expectation of walking about a mile out of the 6-mile route. However, I actually only had to walk a couple times, and only chose to do so out of caution, rather than any difficulty with the hamstring. It was a sunny, beautiful day and I was so glad to get to fully savor the trails in all their hilly glory! This run was a great reward for sticking to my cautious training plan and hamstring rehab, and a good motivator to stay disciplined going forward.
After my run I spent some time reading and cleaning, and then escaped outside again to do some sketching…while intermittently hollering at the dog who kept trying to wander off of our little patio. In spite of the fur-baby supervising it was a lovely sketching session with the dead-head deer skull MM picked up a couple weeks ago. The skull’s geometry is intricate and challenging, and I had fun messing around with different views while trying to capture the layered combination of curves and ridges.
I think this sketch session brings me back on track, at least until the next busy weekend!
After a hectic couple weeks I am grateful for this solitary day and for the time spent on quiet, renewing activities.
I hope all of you were also able to spend the holiday in whatever way was needed, especially if honoring and remembering friends or loved ones.
Drawing number 2 from last night, inspired by my latest copy of Trail Runner magazine 🙂
Anatomy guy in a pencil dress 😀
hands…such a challenge!