Friday, November 16, 2012

And Another Face Just Showed Up . . .

"the enlightenment of love" 
9x12 mixed media journal page

I have been working in a new Strathmore journal.  I went bigger this time graduating myself from a small 5x8 to a 9x12.  I wanted more room to be messy.  I smile to myself everytime I say that because a year ago I would have cringed at making a mess with paint.  

For this one I used just payne's gray and titanium white.  I only used my hand to smear it around and play with the paint.  The I stood back to see what showed up.  


I stood back and found a face.  Can you see it too??  I traced a circle around the face.  I saw 2 eyes and a splotch of white where a mouth would be.  And from there I pulled it out of the background till I was happy with it.  

As I was painting the face the words "the enlightenment of love" popped in my head so I wrote them in pen over in the right side of the finished piece.  

I have to say I am really enjoying this way of creating.  The other night I tried to draw a face and then paint it.  Oh my it was awful!!  And I mean it felt bad to create that way. At the moment I cannot plan out what a piece will look like.  I need to smear paint and see what shows up! 

Sharing today at Paint Party Friday.

xo

15 comments:

  1. this is wonderful-and congrats on stepping up to a larger format and just letting it flow!!(something I've done recently myself)Happy PPF!

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  2. Hi Cathy,

    I really love seeing you create this way! I saw the face straight away and I love how you put it all together. There's a lot of energy in the way you work! Looking forward to seeing how you progress with this style of creating! :0)

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  3. This is excellent! I love the rich, subtle tones and textures of the gray and you know how I love faces. Happy weekend to you!

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  4. thats the best kind of creating, its there all the time, we just have to find it! BEAUTIFUL!

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  5. Your process is leading to some very interesting and expressive work!!

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  6. Great process and this lady definitely needed to be seen, so strong.Happy PPF, Annette x

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  7. Wow, it's so neat. I love the idea of letting the painting paint itself. I think I need to try it soon! Happy PPF!

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  8. I love it when that happens! great work! xo L.

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  9. What a fun process I must try this sometime. The finaly study looks like graffiti to me and I love it! HPPF~!

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  10. Oh, I can so relate to that! Once you start painting this way it's very hard to paint again from a drawing. Love how your face came out!

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  11. An interesting but quite perplexed face emerged! Very expressive work.

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  12. I love this! I've been doing more of this (following the serendippity of what I've painted) and it is so satisfying!

    I'm having a giveaway over at Art in the Garage to celebrate my 1000th post--hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

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  13. I love your work at play. I can see her life in her face. Good art. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  14. It looks so very good! the freedom in your creation is very liberating!

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