February Wrap-Up

Welcome to my February Wrap-Up! I’ll take you through my most recent work, an update on my 2021 reading list, and other reflections on this month.

Recent Work:

Through February (and January), I’ve been focused on creating small ink sketches to fill out my pocket-sized Moleskine art journal. My goal is to improve my landscape drawing skills and practice traditional ink techniques on a small scale. Working on these small sketches has also allowed me to keep up my practice without overworking my hands. I have been having hand pain when I draw or write too much, so this has been a good method (along with stretching and using thick pen grips). 

Of these sketches, my favorite from February is “Slottmöllan,” an ink sketch highlighting this fantastic windmill in Sweden. This piece was a bit of a feat since I don’t have a lot of experience drawing buildings. I was lucky enough to visit this historic site when I spent a few days in Malmö in 2018; I have been eager to return ever since!

Slottsmöllan in Ink

Slottsmöllan Detail

The Continental Divide

Looking ahead, I am starting to get the itch to begin a new, larger project. I’m not sure if it’ll be another ink landscape, something digital, or a new oil painting. Due to my current work schedule, I want to wait until I have some more time to spend on it. So, I’m just letting the ideas percolate in the meantime.

2021 Reading List Update:

Back in January, I shared a list of books and graphics novels I hope to read this year. In January, I crossed off Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo’s Teen Titans: Raven, as well as Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s All the Real Indians Died Off. This month, I started Harriet A. Washington’s Medical Apartheid. So far, it has been an enlightening read, and it’s bringing me back to my college days when I took several History of Medicine courses. I hope to finish it before my next Wrap-Up.

Final thoughts:

I don’t have much more to report for February. I have been working remotely since March 2020, and I spend nearly all of my time at home. I’m definitely looking forward to some warmer spring weather so I can spend more time walking on the trails around my home. I love to take reference pictures on my walks, and it’s time to start taking more!

I also have a birthday coming up in March, so stay tuned for a birthday sale announcement in a few weeks.

Until then, I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy!

- Soren

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