It seems I still have an obsession with faces… even when I start with abstract work. To be fair to myself, I am still preoccupied with other work that is in progress. I need to allow myself to be mindful and let the work speak to me. I forced this one a little.
I started by putting down the primary pigments and mixing them a little together. In my view, and this is where I see I could practice mindfulness, I impatiently looked for some pattern or design in the early abstract stages. I even felt myself trying to put a face in there, instead of letting one reveal itself. After the black lines came in, I used a watercolour brush and water to blend the paint into the spaces delineated by the lines. Now that I’m looking at it from a different angle, I see I could have turned this into a beautiful seascape had I not added the lines so early. Live and learn… that’s part of why I’m doing this project after all.
The forcing of the face is unpleasant to me and I can’t feel a good nose, mouth, or chin. The eyes also feel forced to me. I think I’ll try the experiment again tomorrow with our the early line-work.
Stay tuned and please help me with questions.