My intention for working in my studio today was to "create something different". I wanted to venture out from realistic looks. So got out my paper and taped it to the board on my easel. I started off by scribbling with water color crayons and blending them with gesso. I kept some squiggly lines on each side to maybe use for hair later on, Then I drew the outline of the features of her face using Paynes Gray acrylic paint and my palette knife.
I got out my little palette knife and worked for several hours on the details. It is a very tedious endeavor because the palette knives aren't really conducive for fine work. So it's a matter of making a mark and reworking that mark several times. I happen to enjoy the process. She was looking pretty good I thought. Don't you?
I started to receive little nudges from my creative muse. There were two messages I received. #1. Although the piece I was working on was looking good it wasn't what my intention was for the day. To "create something different" was my intention. #2. Out of the corner of my eyes I spotted, sitting on my inspiration shelf, my I Wanna See You Be Brave piece that I did a while back. That was all it took to push me onward. It's about stepping forward.
With little thought as what to do next I grabbed Carbon Black acrylic paint and Permanent Violet Dark acrylic paint and started smearing them on. After those dried I added Micaceous Iron Oxide, which is one of my favorites. I tried to stay clear of the features on her face. This is the results.
I could feel my inner critic wanting to chime in but I shut her down quickly. My muse had urged me and I was without doubt that the story wasn't going to end this way. I couldn't deny the truth, tho, I thought she looked like a pretty werewolf. I looked at her intently and thought what can I do? So I laid the board flat and started dropping rubbing alcohol on her and wiping it off. I then took my charcoal pencil and drew her a chin and one side of her neck.
"Beneath it All"
I am liking her so I titled her. I don't think she is done but I will stop for now and look at her for a while to decide what to do. My husband, John, will be surprised when he sees it.
Thanks for your encouragement and support.