|an excerpt from "Reaching" by LAPaylor|
Since I fell in love with faces, I began to notice them everywhere, drew them often, asked friends who are art teachers to teach me how they do them, watched videos on drawing them, copy model's faces and gestures from magazines for practice, sketch someone I see while in a restaurant...
I took to making dolls with women's faces so that I could practice on 3D surfaces and I learned so much about the human face that way.
|Hydrangea Girl (Barbara Willis pattern)|
I am expressing myself in line, shadow, gesture drawing. It's my art and it transfers to larger pieces.
I still feel insecure about my drawing ability but as I age, I care less about that, and more about just expressing myself and having a good time.
It provides a path to creativity and can't we all acknowledge the benefit of that? Everything we learn, everything we make, all that we see goes into the artist's experience and it there to use.
Art is not just for sale.
I was talking with a friend the other day about all the crafts we've tried. I remembered in high school painting faces on ceramic statues. That might have been my first face painting at age 16. And on something that was 3-d. It all goes into the mix, everything we try, everything we learn.
The next post, --- more faces in the studio!