They are the gatekeeper, the mirrors, the doorways to who we are.
I was looking for a theme that I’d be inspired to paint daily. So for the past few weeks I’ve challenged myself to paint more faces. I love finding an expression that shows strength and vulnerably at the same time. When I paint faces it feels like I’m searching the page with my paints to find what’s hidden. Using the brush I then slowly caress it to full beauty. To let this process happen freely and joyfully I need to get to a place between control and letting go. An illusive place within myself. It’s a wonderfully frustrating process.
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I’m particularly inspired by nature. Plants, animals etc. I particularly love ancient looking plants and seeds. I’ve been mulling over an idea of creating a clay girl wandering some sort of 3 dimensional Magic Garden landscape. Here is a look at the work in progress.
On Valentine’s as I was continuing my blogging classes with the engaging and supportive April from Blacksburg Belle I realized I needed a project to motivate me. Something that got ME excited about facing the procrastination demon. So here I am a month later and I found something I hope will get me drawing daily (GULP!)
I liked the idea of doing a “365 DAYS of my creations”: a sketch, a doodle, a drawing or a painting. But then there was always procrastination’s favorite obstacle: “what to draw”. To solve this I realized the decision needed to be out of my hands. I came up with the idea of writing every fun illustration idea I come across on a white piece of paper and just randomly pull one out. I wanted more structure and less avoidance so on an orange piece of paper I put all the mediums I want to work with. And for further help on a yellow piece I put “extras”. Creative ideas that could help narrow the style possibilities. Let’s be realistic and try something almost once a week this year.
On any given day I pull a white and orange piece of paper. If I feel uninspired I pull out a yellow piece to add to the challenge. I want the goal here to be to draw something, anything daily. The complexity has nothing to do with it. Just sit down and draw.