I'm back from my trip to Montreal. I only brought with me my Koi Watercolor Set, a pencil, a Tombow marker and a couple of Micron pens. With my limited supplies, I painted these faces daily. I think Day 20 is my favorite. I really like how she came out.
I wasn't able to paint a face yesterday because I was catching up on all kinds of things from being away. I will try to have Day 25 and 26 done later today to catch me up.
I am also trying to catch up on my Bloom True class. I'm so behind. I just completed my second layers on the two 30 x 30 canvases that I'm working on. I will post those another day.
This face was done in plain old HB pencil. No paints, no pastels, no blending stump. Just a simple pencil drawing. I took the picture with my phone and see that she has a red reflection on her face. My phone case is red so I suppose it's from that.
I'm off to Montreal in the morning to visit family. I will be back late Monday night. I'm bringing my 29 Faces journal with me and a set of watercolors. I plan to keep up with the challenge while I'm gone. I will post the photos when I get back. I will actually be unplugged for the next 5 days. No mobile phone, no email and no internet. It should be an interesting experience since I'm quite attached to my phone.
I was short on time today. I had intended to paint this one earlier in the day but I had a bunch of stuff to do, like run to Jerry's Artarama to get my paintings framed (see my post from earlier today) amongst other errands.
This is a watercolor background with a watersoluble marker. Another oneliner! These are really so much fun to do. You really don't know how it will turn out until you are done. I like the spontaneity of it.
My word for the year is "brave", I set some intentions at the beginning of the year about how I would like to be braver in my life, not only in my art life, but in my personal life as well. One of my brave feats was entering a local art exhibition contest. I hemmed and hawed on whether or not I should enter. This is a juried exhibition and the artwork will be judged. The whole thing seemed scary and overwhelming to me. I waffled back and forth about whether or not my art was good enough, was I really an artist (I have no formal training), etc. The other side of me was saying, 'what have you got to lose?" Both my husband and an online art friend encouraged me. I put my brave face on, and submitted three watercolors.
Yesterday, I received notice that two of my three paintings were accepted into the exhibition. Only 150 artworks were chosen from over 400 submissions. To say that I am excited is putting it mildly. I went down to Jerry's Artarama this morning to drop off my paintings to be framed. I have to bring them in on September 29th. The exhibit runs from October 4th to the 27th at the Georgetown (TX) Public Library. There will be an artist reception and award ceremony on October 16th. I'm just thrilled to have my paintings in the exhibit and that in itself is a big win for me. A prize would be icing on the cake. These paintings will be offered for sale at the exhibit as well.
Challenges are usually difficult for me to keep up with. Stuff happens, time runs short and well, then I tend to drop off. I don't want to give up on the 29 Faces Challenge. I really feel that I will benefit from drawing a face every day. My hope is to get caught up in a short time. I've had some personal family issues to attend to and that has taken my time, my thoughts and my drive to be creative right now.
Today is also the first day of the Bloom True course with Flora Bowley that I signed up for. I'm hoping to be able to keep up with the class in real time so that I can benefit from the camaraderie of the other participants. If not, I know the class will be there for the next six months for me to do at my own pace.
I'll be back soon with some faces to show. I actually have one completed that just needs to be photographed and posted here. Stay tuned for that one. It's a very ummm, colorful face.
Soooo...this is hugely unfinished. I had a really busy day yesterday and started this late at night just before bed. I was too tired to finish it and this morning I see how truly awful it is. This face is all kinds of wonky. However, the challenge is about making a face a day, finished or unfinished so to that end I met the challenge. I will refine and finish this one at a later date but need to get working on today's face.
If I want to post something other than faces, it looks like I will have more than one post a day. We'll see how long I can keep that up. I did this art journal spread last week but didn't have a chance to post it. I added some collage to the left side. I'm not big into collage so this was something new for me. I enjoyed it. I really like the wings of the owl best. I need to get myself some matte gel medium for gluing things down. I used what I had on hand which was Gloss Modge Podge and I don't like the glossy sheen. It doesn't take pen very well.
This face has a watercolor background and the drawing was done in charcoal. I realized I should have drawn in pencil first because after looking at the drawing from an arms length I saw that her nose should have been lower down. Oh well, I just went with it.
This one is a little comic-like. I drew something similar awhile back late one night when I couldn't sleep. It was the inspiration for this face. I like how her hair accessory matches her shirt. She's stylin'.