A couple days ago I began drawing a face then I decided to go over the face with acrylic paint. I'm not familiar with painting faces with acrylic paint and soon that became very apparent to me. I tried the best I knew how but the whole piece kept going south. At this point I may be headed for disaster so I started my usual chant "there's no mistakes in art there's no mistakes in art". I busily applied more layers of paint in hopes to make it right. OMGoodness...she just got worse. After some thoughtful consideration I decided to cover the page entirely with gesso. I had never done that before. Then a spooky thing happened! She began peering at me beneath the gesso. Creepy, huh? It was then I decided to stop for the night and would reassess it in the morning.
The next morning delivered a fresh new outlook and optimism. Full of energy and my graphite pencil in hand I outlined her face that was lurking beneath the layer of gesso. I thought it turned out good but decided that I would wait until the mood struck me to continue.
So today would be the day to finish what I started. I will admit that I wasn't real enthusiastic to work on her. I dreaded the idea of using acrylic paints because that brought back memories from the beginning. Yet I knew that the way to get better at something is to keep trying. So acrylic paints it would be. I had gained wisdom from the experience of the original piece several days ago so I mixed retarder with the paint. The retarder slows the drying time and allows time to manipulate the paint. That was a wise choice and it made all the difference in the world. My enthusiasm returned! Below is where you will see the finished piece. She appears to be a more mature woman with a peaceful/serene look on her face. It's funny because most of the time I worked on her I was anything but peaceful and serene. The whole situation reminds me of the title of a book I just read, "Trust the Process". I am just scratching the surface of the lessons I am learning from creating her. The prominent lesson that comes to my mind is to NEVER QUIT ~ there is always a way. My mind is overflowing with thoughts of what I take away from this creating experience. I know I could easily fill at least 4-5 pages in my journal.
Creating art touches my soul in ways nothing else does.