So what’s it like to be an artist with a face? Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know what I look like, I have trouble recognizing other people’s faces; but when I’m drawing, and it’s not about a likeness until it’s finished; it’s about the shapes of their face and the light and the angles of where the planes come together, and the result is a portrait of a person that looks like that person.
It doesn’t make me any more likely to recognize people I’ve seen before. I think I have mild Prosopagnosia (Greek: “prosopon” = “face”, “agnosia” = “not knowing”) … it’s only recently I’ve noticed that the bridge of my nose doesn’t really dent inwards like it does on more Caucasian faces. (Check your profile out and see if you know what I’m talking about.) Drawing and coloring a self-portrait from an angle which I don’t see my face on a regular basis is interesting – a new perspective on my self-portrait. These were drawn using Sketchbook Pro.
I love the lacy leading edge of the wave as it washes over the wet sand… I love the lighter, drier swash of sand in the bottom right hand corner. I think its so cool how a little scudding of light blue paint over pyrrole red and the brown of the dark wet sand looks like clear water reflecting the blue sky. I love the forward-roll of the spray on the crest of the wave, the little drops thrown forward. I love the way the depth of the wave creates a dark shadow like the thick edge of a pane of glass – have you noticed, the seagreen of glass is the same emerald as a translucent wave at its darkest? I like the way the teal paint on the horizon is nothing more than a mix of blues and greens scraped across, and the way the clouds are blurred in the distance, rising over a blurred horizon. This is SO how I see the ocean.
All my watercolor paintings I did at the beach, plein air san diego luckiness, hot sun and surf at my doorstep, made this possible, because then I was able to compose a wave from the watercolor notes I took. And here it is.
Painting outside is the single mandatory activity for any serious artist. Luckily, in San Diego, it’s pure joy. Especially when the dolphins show up; they are the only reason for me to drop my painting supplies and run down the beach to get a better view. We’ve seen them three times this month already; they run up and down the coastline twice a day so a little observation goes a long way. They are like joy arriving in an adrenaline rush; I love watching them jump over the waves and clear out of the water!
I am currently wrapping up this painting, featuring a black cat named Leo, who’s watching the pendulum of the phases of the moon. It’s a beautiful and mysterious painting that captures the microcosm and macrocosm in one image — the small panther-like black cat and the vast spaces of the constellation, the wax and wane o the moon and the swing of a diviner’s pendulum.
Guided Meditations are a relaxation technique that can take you out of your rushing thoughts quickly, and transporting you into a more positive state of mind. Walks Within is a reliable source for a variety of guided meditations, and Prosperity Preistess, Mary Malinski has the powerful, peaceful, and trustworthy voice necessary for a successful immersion into the experience.
View the process I used when creating an illustration for the Artemis Greek Goddesses Guided Meditation. It depicts the Goddess Artemis with the crescent moon at her brow, her bow drawn, and the hind. The landscape is lit up from the moon, making the night as bright as day.
You may notice some of the changes in the illustrations that I didn’t explain – since I worked with Photoshop and Pixlr, I used layered files, and could move and manipulate the aspects of the illustration, add layer styles, and change hues and values easily.