As I was working this morning, I went through my “process” as always. I’ve been working on the eyes and nose for a few days on and off, but I tackled the mouth today. I watched the unfolding of the thing…on paper and inside of me. I find this kind of thing intriguing because of the way it always goes. I start working, feeling like I will get to where I want to be and as I start, things look flat. And not even close. And I hear my mind saying “it’s so flat. It doesn’t look right. Are you really going to be able to do this? It’s not really looking….right….hmmm….well maybe….kind of….it’s getting there. But it’s still flat. How lame….okay….better now….hey! It’s looking not half bad! Wow! How did that happen? How does that happen every time? It’s always such a miracle!

And there’s another force that just keeps saying…keep working. Just keep working. You know it’ll get there. It always does. Just keep going…

And I think there are a few more voices offering other interesting perspectives. Without fail, nearly every time, it always seems miraculous…because some part of my mind can’t see how it’s going to get there when I start working. Every time. I notice that I try to share this with other people around me when the “breakthrough” comes, but nobody else really understands (at least nobody around me). It’s really a miracle every time for me. Like, who’s doing this? I wonder…do other artists just not have this kind of experience? There’s ALWAYS a question if it’s going to work, but about 98% of the time, it does. I think a large part of the enjoyment I get out of working at all is the miracle that seems to occur every time. I just draw what I see with great care…ultimately trust that the pieces will come together…and they do.

I know (or at least think I know) that this drawing will astound and delight me as I move through it….as they often do :-). I’ve actually taken special care this time to really go slowly and enjoy each phase as it emerges. Just sit with it and look at the eyes…I did that for a bit before continuing.  It is 18 x 24 (poster size) and it will be her full head when I’m done (unless I decide to stop at some point and leave it unfinished).

Something else coming forward is realizing that…because I enjoy looking at my work…perhaps there should be at least one piece of it hanging someplace in my house. Seems like an obvious possibility, maybe, but I don’t think I really saw how it could benefit motivation and joy until now. The last place I lived, I had my work up throughout the house, but when I moved here, the living room was already “done” (via my lovely housemate) and I just never put anything up in my room…because I like blank walls too 🙂

Well, perhaps it’s time for a change 🙂

(none of the face feels finished…meaning, the only thing I feel may be really finished is the eye on *your* right….but I do feel things are looking good and will look better going forward 🙂



Chalk to the Street

Well…My first street painting festival of the year was last weekend. (See below). It’s taken me this long (a week) to recover…only because the temperature was a whopping 99 degrees (I think it was actually hotter) and THAT temperature was supposedly in the atmosphere…which meant…that it was MUCH hotter on the pavement.

The featured artist (a world renowned 3-D street painter that does this for a living, mind you) was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. THAT’s how hot it was. Not to mention, for whatever reason, we were prohibited from having pop-ups (umbrellas and easy ups) for sun protection.

Saturday was the super killer…Sunday was a little better. Talk about dedication. It was too hot to work in the middle of the day, so I lost a few hours then, but after it got cooler, I made the hours up by staying until it was too dark to see and then I woke up with the sun and got to the street around 6am to beat the mid-day heat. Most of us (artists) did our paintings this way. It sort of worked. I did get a little burn and was totally wiped out, but it was totally worth it. I love festivals. Love the camaraderie. It’s a culture all it’s own.

I highly recommend attending one of these in your lifetime…and even trying street painting. A warning though – it can be addictive 🙂

This square was 10ft x 10ft, which is a hair more than 3 meters square. Many sizes are available at these festivals. I did a 4ft by 4ft square at my first event years ago, so if you’ve never done it, it might be good to start smaller.

To brag a little…the highlights you see…were painted in with chalk. They weren’t from the angle or the sun projected onto my piece. I was happy with how they turned out…that’s one of those things that’s questionable as to whether it will show as it’s intended. I didn’t even realize the sun highlights had worked that well until I looked at the photo a few times. I thought it was the sun…but it’s not! Very exciting 🙂

Here is the reference photo:



Here is my interpretation of it via street painting:


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