Thursday, May 21, 2015

100 Painted Faces - #2

Um....to say I went 10 rounds with this painting is an understatement.  For painted face no. 2, I just went around and around in circles.  In the past, when this happened I would give up and walk away. Shove the canvas in a drawer so I didn't have to look at it.

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I took a bunch of progress photos along the way and was doing fine until I decided to add more layers.  I don't like when you can see through to the canvas.  But all of a sudden she turned into mud and I know what happened.

1.  I was tired.
2.  Because I was tired I wasn't actually mixing colors.
3.  I didn't pay attention to where my colors were going.
4.  I was trying to force it.

I decided to stop painting, set it a side, and then 
start again the next day.  

Maybe sometimes I fear if I mess up I won't 
be able to find my way back again.


I found my way back.  Each step wasn't perfect but I got there.  She sat for about 3 days before I actually started again.

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I would like to recommend the podcast I've been listening to while I paint.  It's called the Sarah Bagley Podcast...she is a recovering perfectionist and her podcast has really helped me push past my need for perfection.  I will give it my best shot and be okay with that.

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Do you feel me?  What do you do when you get stuck in a project?  What do you think about her purple highlights?  If you like this please feel free to share this post with your friends!  



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33 comments :

  1. I love the process photos! It's so neat to see how a painting evolves. And it's nice to see faces of women of color in mixed media paintings.

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  2. wow you did it! I love her eyes and her lips. they look so dimensional. thanks for sharing about how you took time away and started again. Yeah, who says it has to be done in one setting. :) great job!

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  3. Wonderful work, Happy PPF, Valerie.

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  4. I'm so glad you went back to her as she is beautiful. I agree with you I don't like wishy washy paint on a canvas so you can still see the weave - my paintings are almost sculptures the paint is so thick! I also agree with you that it is so easy to overwork a painting - one minute it's going great and the next you hate it. You did the right thing in leaving it and coming back to it with fresh eyes.

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  5. Your end result looks very beautiful, and I love the purple used.

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  6. I know, perfection desire is a really tough thing when you do art. But then I started taking my art a little less seriously, not that I don't want to be perfect, but I accepted imperfection by telling myself not everything needs to be a masterpiece. Still hard to deal with sometimes...I guess we never learn. So keep plugging away. This lady is gorgeous so I think you have perfection even if you see the flaws.

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    1. Thank you! Exactly..sometimes I need to relax and let things be and move on.

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  7. Big Challenge but you will have fun. I have never suffered from perfectionism but do suffer a bit from sloppiness! One or the other is seems.

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  8. thank you for sharing the process Danielle. I LOVE the purple highlights and find her to be so beautiful! I am learning to not fear "messing" up when painting a face and know that I can cover it up and go over it if I don't like something-thanks to some really fabulous online teachers:)

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  9. She is lovely. So lovely. As she should be, given the love you put into creating her.

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  10. I am glad you did show the process from what you didn't want to the outcome of a beautiful painting. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  11. I love her, the expression on her face, and I love the process she went through. When I paint a face I almost always get to a certain point that I think I'll never get it right again. Now I've painted so many faces that I know in the end I'll get it right if I just keep pushing through.

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  12. Outstanding work. You did right by it.:)

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  13. Yes I totally understand. I have been trying to force "perfect" in my work and when I do that it just creates a mess. I have to leave it alone for the night and come back the next day with my favorite music blasting, and start again. If you look at my PPF post today I noted that it took at least 100 times to get the eyes "right".

    Your painting is beautiful in all her stages of creation. The colors, the expression all with beauty and emotion. I think that's what makes a great painting, don't you? Hugs, Rasz #62 oh, and try not to be so hard on yourself, you are perfect the way you are!

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  14. This gorgeous I often wonder if we don't lose our true style while trying to force it to perfection. I find it interesting that my less contrived pieces are always the ones people prefer...go figure...especially when I'm not happy with them. Try walking away from it for a few days or a week and then come back and see if you are still critical of it! Personally I love her!

    Hugs Giggles

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  15. Embrace imperfection, I know so well the mud stage when using acrylics, I found out like you did too, that leave it to dry and then add new layers, The mud stage gives nice shadowing and depth. It's a fabulous portrait.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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    1. I know right! I'm embracing the mud!! LOL

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  16. It was fascinating seeing your process. I love her soulful eyes.

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  17. Beautiful work!!!
    Much Love
    Lina.

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  18. this is amazing!! :) have an awesome journey through your faces!! :) thank you for visiting my site!

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  19. Brilliant post and I love the result. Well done for not giving up, it was definitely worth it and I bet your learnt lots. Thanks for sharing over at Show Your Face, I'm really glad you took photos at each stage, that is such a good idea. Kx

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  20. This is a superb portrait. I think it has soul and often something painfully perfect does not. I love your work. xxx

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  21. Beautiful!!! Sometimes the imperfections make the work perfect!

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  22. Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and first real little painting. You made me feel great about her. Your work is amazing and your attitude on fear and creativity. Very inspiring

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