Sunday, 4 October 2015

#1FaceADay - one of my faves

This may be one of my favourite faces in this project.
But definitely for September.
I'm totally in love with squiggling.
And that you can capture emotion in a few squiggles.
Love that!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

#1FaceADay - September as a whole

I am so thrilled with this collection of faces.
They felt expressive, emotional and deep.
I has been a rather interesting mini project to do within #1FaceaDay

I'm working on my October faces - will share more about it soon.
I have decided to also stick to a theme, as I did for September.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Lost in translation... or transition... or something

I can't tell you how many times this changed...  I knew I couldn't move forward until I finished her.
As I journeyed through each new stage of this piece, it felt like a kind of journey in myself too.

Partly because I think I've been frustrated in where I am at and partly because I've been searching, deeply for something.  Even though I can't quite put my finger on what that is.  I loved the pattern making in the background and other aspects of this piece... like her face, to me her face was one of the most interesting faces I've done this year.  She holds something special... maybe it's just that she holds my truth.

I knew during this piece that once this was finished - I needed to find a new way.
I guess I've known this since July while we were away... All I do know is, I can't keep painting a lady, with beads and a hand... for my own self - I need to find a way to move beyond this.  I think I've felt a little stuck... and getting unstuck has felt a little painful, to be honest.

It requires work.

And hard work isn't for the feint hearted.
Like all things that must grow, change is imperative.
It is the one thing in this life we can always be sure of... change is coming.
And although it can be daunting, it's also pretty darn exciting!

Lubitel166 first develops... what's the verdict!

What can I say... 

I'm utterly in love!

In love with the photo taking and in love with the outcome!

So I've been playing around for a month on this divine little camera.
I shot on a 35mm spool {200}.  It was total hit and miss.
These were some of my hits and I'm blown away by these emotive shots.

My misses - I can't explain - my negatives were completely blank.
Like not even a shadow on them.  So currently I have a 120 spool inside - which is a 12 shot spool.
So I will see how we go but if I have the same thing - then I will go back to the drawing board.
For now - it's just so incredible to play and discover and learn.

#1FaceaDay - September is a wrap!

I absolutely loved September!
And playing with Graphite!
What a joy!

Nine months done and 3 to go
{273 faces done and 92 to go}


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Something a little different...

So don't be too shocked but I am trying something a little different...

I've been studying different artists building work and I'm totally in love with the concept.  On my first visit to Orvieto on the sidewalk market day, I saw some of the local artist's building pieces and I loved the mishmash of buildings on top of each other.  I've known for the longest time, I've wanted to try this.

I'm no where near mastering this and it's definitely going to be a new journey for me - but I'm feeling delightfully excited by it.  Maybe that means I'm heading in the right direction {as my niece so wonderful put it}.

Personally - I'm delighted to be trying new things.  I've needed it so badly.  And to me, creative play is always so hugely valuable for growth... and growth has been calling out to me so much lately.

So just the first layers are down and I can't wait to build on this.  Yes, of course, I'm finding Italy in here. I am so looking forward to doing more of these... in different ways.  I want to also head into my city and see if I can simulate some of our building shapes, old churches and also I want to work with some of my own photography from Orvieto.  But for now... I'm painting and I'm playing and that's a happy day for me! 

Monday, 28 September 2015

#TeaBagGirls.... getting framed up.

At last, I finally made time to pop into my framers.
I decided to go long and across as opposed to a neat square with these tiny TeaBagGirls.
And when I laid each one out I discovered I had 51 and not 50...

So I decided to pull out my very first from this #100Faces project and get her framed up as a special reminder of this journey.  Most of all I love her tattered little bag.

I stuck with an off white theme and rather old fashioned styled frame,
to match the old fashioned look of these pieces.

Now it's the hard part - to wait for them to come home!
Which will take a month or so - which is good - give me time to save ;-)