After rashly deciding to join in with writing pals, Teresa Robeson, and Catherine Johnson, on the Selfie Art Day challenge a few months ago, I now find myself part of a regular artistic quest to capture one’s own features. An elusive, multi-fold quest.
So far, my attempts at Selfie Art have stimulated all sorts of self-discovery. I’ve felt confronted by my own sense of self image, and self worth. The process has also brought me up against my own need to control things, a.k.a. perfectionism.
The first month I participated, I blogged an in-depth pencil sketch. I didn’t like it.
The second time, I submitted a pencil outline of my face. I didn’t like it.
My attempt at a self-portrait for May’s #SelfieArt Day is in triumphant #doodlewash for the first time! That’s the good news.
The bad news is that it doesn’t look a bit like me.
Except maybe for the hair. I did notice I hadn’t quite captured my likeness when I started, however, I assumed it’d come right in the end. Only it didn’t! It was too late to go back; I’d already committed the time slot allowed. Here again, I met face-to-face with my perfectionist streak which made me just want to toss the portrait in the bin.
Thankfully, I did not throw my portrait away. I made myself stick with it.
I decided to like it anyway.
I had to say to myself in no uncertain terms, “It may not be perfect but I accept this portrait.”
This then became a sort of personal mantra, “I accept my imperfections.”
With that in mind, I decided to carry on and finish my “imperfect” portrait as it was, and see it through to the end. Thus, the transformative process of Selfie Art unerringly continued.
These are the pics I took documenting my progress:
I began with a pencil outline of my face.
I added the first layer of flesh-tinted wash.
Then I darkened the lines with an ink pen.
I added shading to the face with warm flesh tones, and a wash for the shirt with Rose Pink gouache paint.
I used black watercolour for the hair.
While my resulting portrait does not look like me, it does look like a gal who might be fairly interesting!
If you decide to join in on the challenge, make sure you swing by Teresa Robeson’s wordpress blog and tell her about it. She’ll include your links on her regularly updated list.
Include the hashtags on your post: #SelfieDay and #Doodleawash Day! Have fun.
Talk to you later.
Keep on Creating!
Yvette K. Carol
If your world doesn’t allow you to dream, move to one where you can. ~ Billy Idol
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