A Complete Departure For Me

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So–if this sounds weird–well, just get over it…because it started out weird for me too–and then I shrugged and said, as my good friend Kerry has told me and given me permission to announce and embrace–‘I’m not weird; I’m an artist.’

I went to take a shower the other morning.  Turned the shower on to let the water heat up.  And I looked into the mirror…and looked past the face and saw the shapes…and thought–I have to sketch that…

The artist in me booked it to my work space to find a sketch book and a sepia conte pencil (I love my conte pencils, really.).

By the time I found my sketch book…and made it back to the bathroom…1 the boy knew that I was up to something, but was still engrossed in his cars … 2 the shower had begun to cloud up the mirror…and that particular space has excellent lighting at that time of day–the lighting in this house sucks–even if I didn’t have our bedroom blacked out (to ensure a sleeping toddler, the room must be pitch black — no quarter there), there is no light to be had in this house…

I digress…

Since the bathroom mirror was now mostly unavailable, I tried the bedroom mirror…this sketch took me less than three minutes, because I had to hurry–toddler could erupt in at any moment, plus water running and ready–I made it quick…

And, nope, no glasses…I cannot make myself sketch those in yet…I physically cannot wear contact lenses, but that doesn’t mean I have an appreciation for my glasses…not these ones anyway…

So…for what it is, and this being my first one, I am impressed with what I accomplished…even if when you see the painted done version, the lines that I was most fascinated with and proud of have basically disappeared within and beneath the paint…

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My daughter saw me working on the color part of this and asked if I had drawn myself–she said it did kinda look like me.

It’s just so far outside of my comfort zone–and that is exactly where I want to be…

I do have a page where I am posting my self-portrait work…this piece does ring in a new reign for that work as well…so … please stay tuned for more…

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