Saturday, January 11, 2014

Drawing a face is an extraordinary miracle.





Being very busy and 
not getting the time to relax,
 paint at leisure has its benefits too, 
as I learnt this past week,
 because I turned to my journal 
with a passion that was almost like
 coming up for deep breaths from underwater!

I was dying to sketch a woman
 with an interesting face that could tell stories
 and when I saw a pic of this lady,
 I knew I had to paint her in my journal.

 To me, she is full of Life,
 not ready to sit down and listen to mush,
 yet very caring, practical.
 Her headdress, vivacious and flamboyant,
 is an expression of her spirit
 that has learned how to smile on in life!





“There is a stubbornness about me
 that never can bear to be frightened 
at the will of others.
 My courage always rises
 at every attempt
 to intimidate me.” 

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



Recently someone I know said, 
almost derisively, 
“What did you paint? Yet another face?”
I had nothing to say 
except that I paint what I love to paint,
 and if a face is my inspiration,

why not?

 I feel glad that I am able to draw
 faces and last day, this face, 
the face of a shy girl
 appeared to me 
and as I drew, 
I added feathers to her. 
She is a quiet person,
 content in herself and
 happy to be so.








"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."





 Links- AJED, CED, Mix it Monthly, PPF, SS

Do you enjoy drawing faces like I do? Do write in, I'm eager to read your thoughts. :-)




42 comments:

  1. Beautiful faces. I love the pose of the second woman with feathers and lovely earrings. I've been doodling and drawing faces for practically my entire life. I can't stop myself. It's just a part of me.

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    1. I can't stop myself too! There is something about drawing faces that is very satisfying!

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  2. These face paintings are wonderful and I love the facial expressions--both figures look like they have a story to tell. :)

    I think I'm the opposite when it comes to faces--I struggle with drawing or painting them! Maybe I just need more practice.

    Really enjoy your blog (found it through Creative Every Day)!

    Jillian

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    1. Hi Jillian, glad you stopped by! Drawing a face is an exciting adventure to go on. I'm sure you will love it too! Thank you for your visit. :-)

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  3. Wow these are great...I love how you added a bit of whimsy..so fun great compositions!! Definitely a story behind both faces!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Hi Giggles, Thank you for visiting! And, you are right, I like to add whimsy in what I draw. It adds to the connection with my painting.

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  4. I struggle with them. What I see in my mind is not what I see on paper when I am through. I have taken at least three different teachers lessons - all similar and it still alludes me. Yours are fantastic. I will keep on trying.

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    1. Hi Ann, I guess the trick is not to be hard on ourselves and go with the flow. Keep drawing,and enjoying what you draw... each one of us has a unique style and method.
      Thank you so much for visiting!

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  5. I love the strength and humour of the first one and the shyness of the second portrait. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  6. OHHH a big yes for painting faces!!! All the peops around me say the same "oh another face" ...but I love it! As I saw your first painting a biiiig smile crept over my face!! How I love her and her way of express herself into the full life.,..hahh! You cept this feeling so well!! What a great one celebrating with Mix It Monthly ♥ Conny

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    1. Yaaa...ha ha...same words as I hear!! I loved being part of mix-it-monthly...and will continue painting whatever faces I can! Thank you for dropping by. Love visiting you too.

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  7. I love painting faces too - there is something very magical about seeing each personality come to life on the page. Love these - especially the cigar lady, she has real attitude!

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    1. Painting a face is a great experience for me too! Each drawing brings out unexpected results and I love that!
      Thank you for commenting. It means so much to me.

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  8. Lovely paintings, love their expressions!

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    1. Hi Christine,
      Thank you for liking my work. I'm glad you stopped by.

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  9. What fun paintings and expressions...keep on painting those faces!

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    1. Yes, I sure will. Thank you so much for having a look and commenting!

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  10. Fantastic sketches and I love the expression of the first lady- fab. Happy SS

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    1. :-) I love her too..she's the unstoppable gypsy soul. Thank you for stopping by.

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  11. I love your faces. Both has such personality but they are definitely different. I enjoyed reading your words and quotes as well.

    I too enjoy sketching faces. I need to do it more often.

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    1. Hi Ginny,
      I'm happy you liked my art. I had a look at your blog and loved what I saw...not only the art, your positive outlook too.
      Thank you for visiting.

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  12. I agree that painting a face is an extraordinary experience. Almost like creating a person from your imagination, materials and magic. Your faces have such personality.

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    1. Thank you so much Irene for sharing your thoughts...and, yes, I agree with you, each acquires its face own extraordinary personality as we paint.
      I love Mary Oliver's poems and loved your work on your blog.
      Thank you for visiting.

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  13. Great people sketches. I rarely do them as they intimidate me. haha And I LOVE the Mary Oliver quote! PERFECT! :)

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    1. I love Mary Oliver's poems, they are so full of wisdom. I really like your sketches and the recent one of the girl in blue gown was lovely. Thank you Alexandra for visiting.

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  14. These are great - I especially love the first one, so full of character!

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  15. I could never tire of seeing your gorgeous painted portraits-beautiful coloring and shading!

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    1. I'm so happy reading your words! Thank you Linda!

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  16. Both your ladies are beautiful. I too am trying my hand with different faces. Eagerly waiting for 29 Faces.

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    1. Seems like a great challenge, and maybe I should have a look too. Thanks so much Ariel.

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  17. such a joy to see both of these pieces!
    you know i enjoy creating faces, there is something about them that i never get tired of.
    art is such a personal thing, not everyone will understand.

    i am so happy that you are joining us for the DC (drawing challenge)! please know that some people might share words, photographs or their art.... it is not limited to drawing even though it is called that. I should have written that in the post.

    lovely week to you.

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    1. You are right. Art is very personal and the satisfaction is often within ourselves.
      I am looking forward to creating for the challenge based on 'Numen'. Here is my dictionary finding,
      nu·men (nmn, ny-)
      n. pl. nu·mi·na (-m-n)
      1. A presiding divinity or spirit of a place.
      2. A spirit believed by animists to inhabit certain natural phenomena or objects.
      3. Creative energy; genius.
      Now I have to do some self reflection! :-)

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  18. Beautiful portraits!
    Cheers
    Gabriele

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  19. These are great portraits. I like the first one best. She is so sassy.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  20. I'm so glad that I found your blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! I love the detail and colors in your paintings. I'm especially loving the feathers you included in the second portrait, they are such a nice touch! I blog too: http://www.schulmanart.blogspot.com if you want to check it out!

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  21. Oh yes, I love faces! I think some people just don't understand but I think you've found your people here who do understand and love to paint because it makes us happy and we also share beautiful things with the world! I love both of your beautiful faces. The first reminds me of a favorite Aunt who was quite a character. And the 2nd face is so sweet! Please continue to share your beautiful art with the world even though some will not understand. Do it because it give you joy!

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  22. Nice portraits, especially the first one!:)

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  23. Gorgeous and soulful..they both embody a magical essence ad powerful presence in their own unique way.. ...I love the first woman..she radiates with wisdom and mystery.....the second is so enchanting and bewildering..fantastic works!!
    Victoria

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I am always happy when you comment. It gives me the push to go on painting, writing. Thank you so much!