The theme for Creative Every Day is SLOW and that's how I've taken my creative process. Ironically, I am also working on the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge which has the intention of creating a small work of art on an index card every day throughout June and July.
To keep my creative flow - and every day life - moving, I start most of my days with my notebook and writing. Yesterday I also took out my vintage text books and started tearing out pages which I covered with paint. One of these pages (one from a book titled Readings for College Writers from 1953) became a "canvas" for my painting of a portrait of a fictitious girl.
Taking it... slow!
First came a gesso-based face.
Her hair was thick silver - grey acrylic paint with purple painted in. Her face was created with pencil, pastel and more acrylic paint. Her eyes are the same purple as her hair.
This moment was when I was ready to give up. I was ready to just stop the whole process and toss the card completely.
She was so asymetrical and her cheeks and eyes were messed up. I couldn't fix it.
But then I kept going. And I fell in love with her little face, exactly how she looks.
I took it slow and that was just right!
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