I have had a little time to reflect & try to pick up the pieces of the rest of my year, as this is not where I thought that it was headed when it started 6 months ago. I didn’t set a lot of goals, (which is unusual for me) as our direction for the year was pretty well determined & we knew where we were heading & thought we knew how the year would pan out. ENTER: life shipwreck…….(major players disoriented & in disarray)…..and now, left on the shore amongst a collection of flotsome & jetsome I am working at moving on……….. When I read my posts from the start of the year, I realised that I really had wanted to prioritize drawing this year. I haven’t, this goal has slipped by the wayside of other far more immediate challenges. I guess doing the class with Misty didn’t help there – I really didn’t do too well there at all. (PLEASE don’t ever take this as ANY reflection on Misty – I was the DUD student – I just didn’t get it!)
I don’t know how many of you have discovered the amazing young artist Suzi Blu – I know, she lives a little on the eccentric side of life – but don’t say anything bad – I love her! She appears to be so liberated in her thinking regarding composition & so free with her use of materials – oh, & obviously uninhibited about being in front of the camera!! LOL!! She is liberating about having permission to create art despite what you consider your shortcomings & inhibitions – watch this – you’ll be painting in no time! I can SOOO relate to feeling like she can only breath when she is painting & life lived in between is gasps of breath waiting until you can be there painting again. I feel like that about creating art – it’s not painting specifically for me – just creating in general….. (though I certainly have withdrawal symptoms if I don’t have my hands in some paint, smooshing it around, for any extended period of time!) BUT unlike her, I DO have a husband, DO have children & DO have grandbabies & whilst I love them all desparately – I could easily just become a hermit not emerging out of my studio at all right now.
I checked into Suzi’s blog, & saw her newest YouTube video clip & it got me right back on track. It was all about giving yourself permission to try & fail. SO – I have been working over the last couple of days on creating a ‘Face of the Day’. I realize that these are NOT Mona Lisa’s each of them has things about them that I think needs some improvement – but I figure that if I persevere for a little while, I should see some improvement over time. I rendered the first one (at the top) with Caran d’Ache Neocolour II crayons. I have the 84 set, & I there is not really a good ‘flesh’ colour in it….. (I believe this has been remedied in the new bigger set) the fleshy tone is more ‘coral’ looking to me & a little ‘luminous’. The bottom one is rendered with Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils. I like the pencils better. Although I like my crayons, I like the control I have with the pencils better. Particularly for doing eyes. Also, I think that it’s easier to get subtle variations of tone where as with the Neocolour II crayons it ends up in a pool of murk! Anyways – I’ll keep working on them & you will see my progress evolve……….oh, & PS….if you watch the Suzi YouTube clip – I live with the bad man!