Like most Americans I've been shaken to my core with the attempted coup to take over our democracy, but like most artists I sought solace in creativity.
Taking respite from the news, I also toured a few videos on how to view famous painter's work
I painted on fabric one evening and began a small collage with fabric around her.
I used ink and pencil, on scraps of muslin. I find painting images on fabric to be a different challenge to paper as substrate. The ink bonds immediately and there is little you can change.
I could throw any fabric paintings away that didn't come out like I wished, but correcting a line is not possible. I can shade over some areas and stitching can change a look, but once an action is taken it's not easy to undo.
Like life, some actions and words cannot be taken back or covered up.
So like life, I consider these exercises a lesson in the "now" and after a day I look at them and decide what worked, what didn't work, what I like or don't, and what to do with the piece. Like all my ladies, I never know what she will look like... I do not plan them, I start with eyes but the nose defines them.
The most I can do is add to them, but you can't take away their spirits
On this one I like the shading around her neck, and her shoulders. I like her hair and the applique flower in it. Her eyes are haunting but something is amiss with her lips. We are all different and none perfect.
today is Stephen Hawking's birthday and here is a quote by him:
He said: “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen.”
going to these parties!