Saturday, April 8, 2017

Making Faces

Today I didn't get a chance to draw a face, but I thought I would spend a few minutes writing about this "100 Days of Faces" project I'm doing, and what it means to me.
I've been drawing since I was a little girl, but never had any formal art training. Over the years, I've taken a smattering of art courses in various guilds and Adult Ed programs, but never an intensive, truly instructional program. I wish I had some of my earlier artwork now, but I'm sure I must have destroyed it, thinking it was "not good enough". That old inner critic has hounded me my whole life!
Now that I'm getting older, I realize that nothing is accomplished or improved upon without practice, and I really want to practice, make mistakes and learn.

I love faces, expressions on faces, hair styles, accessories, and the stories behind those faces. I frequently doodle faces in the margins of crossword puzzle books, notebooks I carry in my purse or in various sketchbooks. It is from these little doodles that I get inspiration for my drawings, paintings and stitched portraits.
I will be honest and say that it takes courage to put my artwork out on Instagram and my blog, since I usually can find fault with every piece I do. So, thank you, dear readers, for supporting me in my efforts, reading my posts and commenting. I'm hoping to get back to stitched faces soon!


Anne Butera said...

Oh that inner critic! I recently read the book Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator). A quick little read. Lots about artistic blocks and overcoming excuses not to create and some good advice.

I always enjoy seeing your art, Judy. I really like this view of the faces peeking out from the crossword puzzle hints. What fun and what a good example of your creative process!

I'm glad that you've embarked on the 100 Day Challenge!


Simone said...

Keep on creating Judy! We all learn from one another and I would say that most people are scared of putting what they create 'out there'! x