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Goals vs. deadlines, new pencil drawings and why I love to draw hands

Kyra’s first day of school. We bike there to get body and mind oxygenated and ready for the day (and to avoid the stresses of car line and wasting gas!).

It’s catch up time! I’ve been taking things a little more slowly this month, with the kids going back to school, the specter of hurricanes, replenishing art supplies and catching up with paperwork. I also returned to the taekwondo dojo to get my physical mojo back in between practicing the piano. To do it all,  I make a concerted effort to close my art studio door by 6pm and I’ve been pretty much sticking to that schedule. I also take most of the weekend off and spend it getting re-energized and planning for the busy week ahead.

I got the proverbial night owl out of my system years ago (back when I subsisted on 5 hours/night sleep and endless cups of coffee). These days, I adhere to a “normal” diurnal cycle that has enabled me to maintain a healthier lifestyle and spend some quality time with my family. It’s hard to pull away from art and I confess, sometimes I do bring the sketchbook to bed. But I’m back in the studio by 8:30 AM with full creative fervor restored. The word “deadline” has been supplanted by “goals”, the great motivator without the stressful inferences of that awful D word.  Being unhealthy and exhausted is just not an option for me! Being balanced and feeling great makes goal-getting possible and makes everyone around me happier too. Arriving at this juncture is huge given how scattered and nocturnal I once was. It used to be all about the deadlines. Now it’s all about the little goals along the way!

Here are 2 drawings that are the result of the aforementioned  daily goals. These pencil works were delightful to render as they poignantly contrast the wisdom of the elder with the exuberance of youth. I’m definitely somewhere in between.

While listening to my mother-in-law speak, I was dazzled by her wise-looking hands. Those hands have seen a lifetime of work and devotion and reflect a woman who has done many virtuous things. They are extensions of the soul and  powerful communicative tools.

I took several pictures of these endearing hands and used them as reference/ inspiration. Goose-Shapeshifter is emblematic of storytelling and what better way to enhance the raconteur experience than to elicit expression through body language.

The final Goose-Shapeshifter pencil drawing ready to be painted.

Kyra, who recently declared that “exuberance” was her favorite word was the perfect candidate for Dove-Shapeshifter. As a bird that represents “purity” and “life force”, I love how her sense of wonder and un-reigned imagination delivered her through a series of convincing poses.

Photos taken from my in-laws’ bird feeder of a mourning dove ( difficult capture, because they are very flighty, so to speak) and Kyra assuming lively poses.

The final Dove-Shapeshifter pencil drawing ready for paint.

“Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious.” ~Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

Now in other Hunt-Kramerville news:
The kids spent most of Summer engaged in creative play. This includes drawing, building things, doing crafts and making animation.

Kyra, who sometimes hangs out in the studio, drew lots of princesses, happy families, flowers and animals but then one week she started showing me drawings of bird-shapeshifters. I don’t actively show my kids my artwork unless they ask, but I assume they look askance and maybe absorb certain subjects by osmosis.

Kyra’s Flapper-shapeshifter drawing (age 8)


Kyra drew a flapper bird-shapeshifter and told me it was a play on words. Not only did I think it was a clever concept, but it was a pretty good drawing for an 8 year old.

Connor delved headlong into the complexities of animation. He is a natural animator—I mean, you either want to make your drawings move or you don’t and Connor is obsessed with motion. His animating hero is Cyriak and his mama (yours truly) earned a degree in computer animation many, many years ago, so perhaps he’s genetically predisposed to this art form. So now that school has started, what is the first assignment Connor tackles? A poetry assignment about being an artist. It’s entitled “I am a Strange Artist” and I like it! I think Connor echoes the sentiments of many artists, including myself! Good job, Connor!

Here’s Connor’s 1st poetry homework assignment for 7th grade Language Arts class.



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3 Responses to “Goals vs. deadlines, new pencil drawings and why I love to draw hands”

  1. lisahuntart says:

    Hi Mike:
    Thank you so kindly. I try to post those things that I like to see in other art blogs. I think showing the process is such an important part of the artist’s journey. It is one reason why I was a teacher for a while and it is a reason why I remain faithful to blogging about how I work and how I feel about that work. Here, art generally spreads beyond the confines of the studio and reflects observations and feelings I have about the world. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me! It’s always nice to get feedback.

  2. Mike says:

    …I meant Connor, not Conner. Sorry about the misspelling. :-)

    Cheers, Mike.

  3. Mike says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Your art is beautiful as always, well amazing actually. Thanks for showing the sketches and not just the finished work – it’s nice to see the projects progress. Nice to see how everybody poses for you, I looks like you all have a lot of fun in the process.

    Tell Conner to keep up the good work – we definately need more robot-poerty out there. :)

    Kyra looks super cute as the transforming dove.

    Cheers, Mike.