Thursday, February 28, 2013

Faces 25-29 (and more!)


Wow!  It has been a face-full week!

Thanks to Carla Sonheim's Faces 101, I completed the 29 faces challenge 
(and then some!).

I have played with all sorts of materials...

Some familiar, some not...

It has been so much fun!

I really can't say enough about Carla and her teaching style...

Techniques that I learned in college 
(that could sometimes be pretty dull and monotonous) 
have been given a fresh and funky twist at "Silly U".

(You can learn more about Carla's Silly U here.)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Faces 16 - 24

Last week, I took a break from the faces to spend some time with Tyler...

This week, I'm catching up with the help of Carla Sonheim's Faces 101 online course.

These are 8 of the faces I painted today. 
(Including warm-ups, I've created 16 faces so far.) 
If I stay on schedule, I will make 101 faces by Friday!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This Week...

Tyler has a break from school, which means...

(Tyler's sketchbook.)

We're drawing...

And painting...

("u must dream to create art")

And, thanks to a pretty incredible six year old,
I'm re-learning some very important lessons!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Faces 13, 14, and 15 (Valentine Quickies!)

2013: 24

2013: 25

2013: 26

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Faces 11 & 12

2013: 22
(prismacolor pencils)

Remember the process I told you about in my last post?
It works with paintings too!

For today's faces, I printed out copies of an underpainting I created last August...

2013: 23
(prismacolor pencils, watercolors, white gel pen)

And, started playing with the possibilities!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Faces 9 & 10 (And, A Favorite Process Revealed!)

2013: 20
(prismacolor pencils)

You may recognize this girl from yesterday's drawing.  
I created her by using one of my favorite techniques...

One drawing, endless possibilities...

When I make a drawing (like the one yesterday), I scan it into the computer.  Then, if I want to play with it some more, I lighten it up (in a photo editing program), and print it out on 110lb. white cardstock.

2013: 21
(gouache resist)

Then, I can play, play, play!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Face 8

2013: 19

Keeping it simple today...
Just a mechanical pencil, blending stump, and gum eraser.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Face 7 (?)

2013: 18

I spent a little bit of time playing with yesterday's face...
(I'm not sure if this really counts.)
Maybe I'll have time for 2 tomorrow. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Face 6 (A Face-In-Progress)

My time for faces was limited today...
But, I did manage to smoosh around some burnt umber and 
quickly block in some values.

Hopefully I'll have more face-time tomorrow!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Face 5: "Be Kind To Yourself."

2013: 17
"be kind to yourself."

It's a message for you, it's a message for me.

The "gremlins" got to me today.  While creating today's warm-up, some seriously negative self-talk started.  I realize the irony.  These warm-ups are supposed to be a type of daily play...  A 5x7 start to the day where I can try out new things, or play with old ideas without any pressure.  Well, apparently just because I call it "play" doesn't mean it's free from the judgement of my nasty inner critic.

I have read quite a few blog posts recently of artists being very hard on themselves, or thinking they aren't good enough.  And, as a result, I have found myself writing comments like, "Please be kind to yourself."  So, while creating this piece today, I reminded myself of the advice I freely give to others.

I think it's very easy to fall victim to the beastly dialogue from an unforgiving voice in your head, especially when the work of so many amazing (seemingly perfect) artists are just a click away.

I'm still not sure how I feel about today's painting, but it was good to push past my doubts, face the nasties, and embrace my imperfections.

So, my friends, my message for you today:

Be kind to yourself!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Face 4

(An iphone photo of a page in my sketchbook)

I (usually) have a Monday through Friday studio schedule, but I (try) to create some sort of artwork every day...

Over the years, I have gotten used to doing things, drawing things, and painting things a certain way.  But, one of my favorite things to do (particularly on weekends), is check out the way other artists create their artwork.  I really think we all have so much to learn from one another.

Today, I drew along with one of Tam's videos.

Tomorrow I'll be back in the studio, but for today I'm happy just playing in my sketchbook...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Face 3

(from my sketchbook)

Happy Groundhog Day!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Faces 1 and 2

2013: 15

Today is the start of Ayala Art's 29 Faces Challenge!

Since there are only 28 days this month, 
I decided to paint/draw 2 faces today...

2013: 16

Be sure to stop by the 29 faces blog to see who else is playing along!


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