In my last post I showed you the very start of what has turned into a fairly long series of faces in my daily paint project. I have been finding photos in the newspaper and using them as references to paint my own versions: all spaces heavily outlined, faces rendered in two different non-face-like colors against usually dark backgrounds. I'll share some of the ones that I'm proud of (but you can see them all on my daily art blog).
So far I've done 45 of these faces and am not sure what if anything I'm accomplishing. As time passed, I started experimenting with different techniques, such as washy shading of the facial contours, and yet I worry about getting away from the flat, graphic quality that I liked from the start.
When I go through the whole series I find that the ones I like best are those toward the beginning. That doesn't seem like a good sign. The more you work in a series, the better you're supposed to get, not the other way around.
I still don't know what I'm going to do next. In two days I start a new, much smaller sketchbook and a new series, because we're heading off on a long trip and I don't want to carry a huge paint kit. What will I put in the new sketchbook? Will I return to the faces when we get home?
I think that December 31 will be my last daily painting. Several times in the past I have kept the same daily art theme for multiple years when I was having fun and felt there was still more to explore. I know there's still a whole universe of painting out there that I have yet to learn, but I'm drawn more to another stitching project for next year. I'll keep you posted, of course!
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