Faces and words, faces and words, faces and words…I am collecting them for my mixed media art. I keep stashing quotes on pinterest (want to follow my extensive collection of boards and pins? Click here) and painting little watercolor, acrylic paint, sharpie marker, and colored pencil faces. Wow, that was a mouthful. I forgot to add Sharpie paint pens, which are a new and pretty awesome addition to my art supply collection.
I’ve been really inspired lately by artist Kelly Rae Roberts and her beautiful paintings of women and words. Her work is so dreamy and inspirational. Her color palette is creamy and soft. It’s truly lovely. I wanted to try to emulate her so I got out some of my fancy papers and got to work. The thing is, my colors and lines have a harder edge. I think there is an uncomfortableness about my faces. My faces are not really dreamy, they are more intense and in some instances a little creepy. I can’t quite pull off that buttery effect I admire so much about Kelly Rae Robert’s work. Still, it’s fun to experiment with. I think I am on my way to developing my own faces and words style. One thing I particularly like about the paintings Kelly Rae Robert’s makes is her people often don’t have arms or hands. I find that liberating since I struggle so much with making those body parts look natural. When I started to notice the arms and hands were absent I realized I could do that too. Also, no feet or toes to deal with. What a relief!
I’ve been making faces nonstop since I bought one of artist Jane Davenport’s books. She taught me the art of drawing whimsical faces. Her faces are much warmer than mine and probably have more whimsy, but it’s been a terrific learning experience and also fun to do. When I look at Jane Davenport’s people I see movement and expressions that I have not yet mastered. She is very talented at skin tones and blending too! I am working on making my faces more three dimensional. They still look a little flat. I need to add more paint.
I will practice more with these faces. I haven’t been blending enough. The colors I use are too cool and too sharp. I think that’s why my faces are sort of alarming at times. I mean, when I walk into the room and sort of feel someone watching me, I usually turn around and find myself eye-to-eye with this pale-eyed lady. She makes me shudder, especially when I am alone and it’s late at night.
Hopefully as my skills develop I’ll be able to make faces that blend well and have more warm tones. I need to work on the piercing stares too, but for now they will have to do. I think unsettling and weird has its place in this stage of my faces and words creations. One day I will probably link back to this post and be surprised at how much my skills have developed over time.
P.S. My friend Alex wrote about the mural I made her daughter on her blog today. Visit it and read her funny story about her kids and the painting. She’s also got some links to other good posts around the web you might like to read: More Popular Than Interactive Artwork.