29 Faces – A Final Thought Or Two


I was actually worried there for a bit that I hadn’t kept up with Ayala’s challenge of 29 Faces in the month of February.  After seeing my February journal, I knew I had at least thirty-two faces…plus I knew I had done a couple outside of that journal…so I figured, ok, thirty-four, maybe thirty-five…then I created my February 2017 29 Faces Challenge pinterest board…and low and behold, once I had everything uploaded…I have thirty-nine completed faces for the month…

February was such a roller coaster month for me, regardless of art or online challenges or anything else like that.  Physically, energetically, it was a heck of a month…and although we are this far into March now, I am still processing and recuperating from February…

I did enjoy this 29 Faces challenge immensely.  Although I worried about not having enough faces done at the end of the month, I didn’t actually worry about that until…the very last day of the month…

I didn’t post every single day.  I didn’t even post every single face on instagram as I sketched them.  Why?  I actually forgot…and then I would do several sketches in a short time…and I didn’t want to overload my instagram feed with photo after photo of charcoal sketches–especially as if I had the time to sketch, it meant I had some time to add color…so I chose working with color and pigments to posting online.

This seems to be a strong recurrent theme in my life at the moment…real life takes precedence over online life.    But more on that later…I’m sure.

I learned something very valuable about myself and my work this round of 29 Faces.  It is actually something I already knew, but it has not been something I have clung to or worked with or on.  I merely noted it, when meh, and moved on doing what I have been taught/learned to do…instead of trusting and following my heart–which lead to quite a bit of congestion over the past year.

What I learned…and what I am embracing is…I love my primitive faces far more than my … not primitive whimsical faces…I’m not sure what to call the not so primitive ones.  I put a lot of time and effort into both –into all sorts of faces and whatever else that I do…I have never thought to sit down and create a box for anything — other than ‘my work’…and I guess I am going to let that singular box suffice.

Christy Sobolewski, to date, has given out the best advice I have heard.  To paraphrase her, get a bunch of (fashion) magazines, check out instagram, pinterest, whatever–gather up a bunch of faces and start sketching and painting…and then do it again and again and again…and keep doing it.  Draw faces.  Paint faces.  Lots and lots of faces.  That’s how you learn.  That’s how you develop your style, your body of work.

I have a stack, I mean over fifty sketches, of faces that I drew last year and didn’t paint.  Quite a few of them are there for my own Ride The Magic Mushroom prompt project.  I now have the desire and the willingness to pick these up and start working on them again…and I haven’t wanted to touch faces in such a long time…so for that, if nothing else, I am so deeply grateful to Ayala for hosting this challenge.

I learn something new about myself every time I do this challenge.

Thanks for following along with me as I do these things, as I traipse along on my journey here.


29 Faces Check-In


if you only follow along with me on instagram to see my 29Faces sketches, you  are really missing out.

This year, I have only been posting sketches and WIPs to instagram–and I have not been posting them here on the blog.  I have only posted the finished ones, or at least to the best of my abilities only the finished ones…

Today I am going to share three faces, two of which I posted as unfinished in my last 29Faces blog post (here).

This session I have not dedicated much time to explaining the processes I have been using…so I thought I would do that a little bit today.


Who would have thought something so simple…could be so complicated?

It’s not the face or the girl–it was the paper.  The paper came as something tucked into a songbook that I grabbed at the thrift store last time I was there.  I enjoy creating on old book pages, old hymnal pages, old music pages.

I opened the book to flip through the pages to see what sort of music it was…and two free pages fell out.  It turns out these pages are the same song, and not from this book at all, and they seem to be on mimeographed paper.

That means the pages were obviously copied…and the paper was sort of slick.  Basically.

I didn’t really think about it all that much.

I grabbed a conte pencil, because my charcoal pencil was MIA, and did a quick sketch.

The next day, I came back and decided to play with watercolors.

Uhm.  I had to put down several layers of water and then watercolor before the paint began to stick to the page, and even then, I had to let it dry and come back in with more color.  It was an interesting process.  In the end, I do like the way she turned out.



This is a sketch that I did based on an actual person…and other than the coloring, it actually turned out better than I expected.  I can tell who it is.  I drew from an instruction video.  That was difficult for me.  I am used to using pictures as references, magazines, books, pinterest…and here I did this from a video…she kept moving.  Shadows kept moving  highlights kept moving.  It was really fun…and instructive  I do plan to do more like this in due time.

The initial sketch was done in Prismacolor Verithin, the red on one end, blue on the other pencil.  I used the blue, as I am wont to do, because I prefer blue.

Then I came in with watercolors.  No issues there.  She’s done in what I call my Chicago altered book journal.  I use it all the time.  I finished her off here and there with a bit of colored pencil.  Eye lights were added with white gel pen.


This was just a bit of fun, playing, listening to my toddler tell me some story of his.  I think she was done in pencil, but maybe either the charcoal pencil or conte.  I think maybe conte; the eyelid smooshed when I hit it with the water a bit, but ot enough to be charcoal.

It was the same for her, only with a much more simple palette.  I only wanted to worked with a couple colors.  There are more shades of green in her eye than there are other colors in her whole face.  I don’t think I used any colored pencils at all on her.

Thanks for showing up here today.

Until next time.

29Faces Check-In


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And some stuff didn’t photograph well this afternoon, so we go to the unfinished instagram pics:

WIPS…2 for 1… #29faces

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And then the still as yet unfinished ones:


Yesterday's WIP #29faces

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WIP #29faces drawing from life, erm, or at least video

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These last two are in a different journal and I haven’t made the time to work in that one yet this week…but I have my fingers crossed…hopefully…

Time For The 29 Faces Challenge


Hey, another post that I can start with YAY, It’s February!

It is time for another round of 29 Faces, which you can read all about here.  I am so happy that Ayala Art is hosting this challenge again…and I am grateful to be able to participate…

I am creating a monthly journal for each month this year…newsletter subscribers get to see the walk-through videos of every journal, both the before and the after of them.  I will be writing a bit more about this month’s journal–and comparing it with last month’s–in a coming post…anyway…I created this journal–with the intent to use it as my daily bit of whatever (January’s turned into a 5 minute collage and prayer/gratitude journal…and it turned out to be about the only arting I did in January overall…)

My point is…I created the journal for February in the ‘usual way’ (how usual can it be if this is just the second one I have done…and I did it radically differently from the one for January?)…and then I tipped in pages to work my 29 faces challenge on…and in case those didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to…I also added a bunch of other, mostly smaller tip-ins, just to be sure.

Now…I will try to post a weekly post of my work here on the blog, but I am sure that most of what I will be doing will be posted on instagram

Why not throw caution to the wind and join along?

WIP. ..looks a bloody mess at the moment, eh?

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