My drawing and painting life
Moving into a new theme and into new techniques – especially since I enrolled in Jane Davenports class. You will start seeing other kinds of art work than in January.
For now I am moving between the imaginary creatures techniques and new ones. In my stash of papers with random watercolor marks, from doing the imaginary creatures, was this wonderful paper filled with random watercolor marks and gesso blobs on top… and I saw the start of a face.
On the day I made this, I decided that I would paint quick again and just see where I would end up in 30 minutes.
I call her ‘Imperfect girl’ because that’s what she is. Given the limited time to paint I started thinking of the idea of letting go of expectations, of working against perfection-itis. No way will it be perfect in 30 minutes. Also, the gloppy gesso marks and background marks will lead to interesting but imperfect results.
When I named her, I immediately thought of a friend of mine who has made it her practice to paint ‘imperfect girls’. This helped her to has become really good at painting girl’s faces. So good that I even bought one of her girls last week.
*Waving at her. Hi Petra!*
Do check her out online: Petra Stein!
I love how the quick painting ended up. I love how the random marks show through, how the paint bloomed, the gesso blobs that are very thick on the shirt and across the face. I even love her ‘bed hair’ standing on end a bit. 🙂
Of course there are lessons to take from this. If ever I take more time for a painting, I would push back the hair, pick up some of the black lines in the hair (if it is watercolor) or paint over a little more (I think it was a Stabilo marks all pencil – so some of the black lines will be permanent by now).
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