Baby Otter

Baby Otter, Soft Pastels on heavy Canson paper

I have been working with my therapists and here is a tip for when you have been betrayed and wronged and feel stuck.

Take 30 min each day at a specific time and write down all your thoughts about the situation. Do this everyday at the same time. You are not allowed to think about the situation after that, or you can save it for the next day.

This has helped tremendously for me and stopping the same record playing in my head.

I think my painting has improved too 🙂

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Seven Grandfathers Painting

Seven Grandfathers Painting

The Grateful Otter


Grateful Otter, pastels on Canson Mi-tients paper

The reference photo was from Twitter, not sure who took it, this is just a practice drawing.

I used mainly pastel pencils for this, but eventually switched to Rembrandts for the top layers. Rembrandts are worth the money $4 a stick) because just a small amount has such a visual impact with their deep pigments. I will use so much of a Mungyo pastel compared to a single swipe of a Rembrandt. But I usually save the Rembrandts for the top layers.

I used the Derwent Dioxazine Purple a lot on this for the fur highlights and I really like that colour.

Actually, I first finished this little fellow and realized that he was actually very disembodied and floating, so I added the extended body so he looked more natural.

I don’t have a pencil sharpener that gets a good enough point and I’m too lazy to sharpen with a knife, otherwise the whiskers would be more precise.

The fur on this little fellow was very therapeutic to me and I actually feel better for having worked away at each little hair. I hope this pulls me out of my latest depressive mood and I can replace anxiety with action.