I am learning how to draw and paint faces. I have been painting a lot of them lately….but it’s in a way that is easy for me…and I’ve been longing to learn more and better ways. I tried watercolor…..it was kind of a disaster.
I am learning that I grow accustomed to doing things in ways that are easy and comfortable for me. I avoid things that are difficult for me or that I am not good at. I don’t want to keep doing that. I want to keep learning and stretching and growing. I drew a bunch of faces on the 3rd…just from my own brain….not with a reference image to look at…then I watercolored them the way I thought maybe they should look…still, no reference image to look at.
I have watched many of my artist friends whip out faces that are full of soul and personality and depth and detail. The often use reference images…but sometimes they don’t. My friend Misty paints faces EVERY SINGLE DAY and the way she paints faces, it’s like the paintbrush is an extension of her body…it’s such a natural reflex for her. It’s beautiful to witness. She makes it look so easy. So then I try to do exactly what she did…and it’s a disaster.
She has put in the work…she has put in the hours. She started at the beginning. She learned it.
So I decided I was going to stop just trying to paint faces from my memory, and that I would start at the beginning after painting these watercolor faces that were so different in my head than they turned out on the paper…this was on January 3rd…
The next morning, January 4th…I woke up early and looked for some YouTube videos that might teach me the basics of drawing a face…I just followed along like the beginner that I am…..it was so much easier and it turned out so much better…so here I go back to the beginning…learning how to learn…
things are getting better at my house, by the way….for lots of reasons. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We all need each other in this big world. Let me know how I can be there for you, too. xoxo
I am learning…forever and ever and ever. I will never stop.
I’m still learning how to learn.