AcceptanceI love this quote by Anais Nin, which prompted the journal spread. My own words are hidden beneath the layers with these words of Anais written on top:

“My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws, and to stop the incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”


Day 15 – Draw


Day 15 30faces DrawOh, thank goodness, just drawing today. No time for painting. Quickly done in an old recycled (repurposed? reused?) Pitman’s Shorthand book from 1916. Those were simpler times, with no computers to sit in front of and while away the hours. No Google. No Facebook. What did people do with all that time? I’ll ask my….oh wait….1916? My parents weren’t even born yet. Guess I’ll  have to Google it.

Day 14 – Repurposed


Day 14 30faces RepurposeI wasn’t happy with the Day 5 – White/High Key entry, so I decided to repurpose it into a Day 14 entry. I imported it into Procreate on my iPad and made some changes digitally. I am just beginning to learn the features of this app, but it has so much potential. I can tell you that the word of the day is “practice” and I definitely need more of it. But I had a good time playing and hope to do more of this soon, perhaps even on this particular portrait. One thing I’ve learned is that once you post something, you see all the flaws.

Day 13 – Chiaroscuro


Day13 30faces Chiaroscuro2I’m not sure I hit the mark on this one, but I gave it my best shot in the short amount of time I had. Yes, it is getting harder to keep up with doing a new face every day. Will I make it to Day 30?

So, what is chiaroscuro? Here is the Wiki explanation:

Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiˌɑːrəˈskjʊər/Italian: [ˌkjaroˈskuːro]Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures.[1] Similar effects in cinema and photography also are called chiaroscuro.

Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow.

Day 12 – Music


Day 12 30faces MusicI have long been enamored with the work of artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jesse Reno, Les Brumes and Michelle Kral. My entry today is a nod to these free-spirited artists whose work makes my heart beat just a little faster. Singing is good for what ails you, so I say to all…..Sing Like No One Is Listening!

Day 10 – Silence


Day 10 30faces SilenceI’ll never understand the attraction of spreading lies and gossip. What need does it fill? Can it really make one feel better to verbally punch someone else into the ground? Mostly, these types have been exposed and end up pretty much friendless, I’ve found. Or they will find friends who are, just like them, a waste of space in this already struggling world.

Day 9 – Water


Day 9 30 faces water 1Day 9 30faces water closeToday’s challenge entry is inspired by Jane Davenport, the queen of glam, who taught me how to find the mermaids at the end of my pencil. This underwater grotto was created in an old book about weaving. The original print from the book shows through in some places, making  nice patterning in the background as well as the man in the cave reaching for the beautiful mermaid.

Day 8 – Monochrome


Day 8 30 faces monocromaticOnce again, I have used a journal page that had paint already on it. Most of my pages end up with several different colors of paint, gesso, inks, etc. While flipping through, I spotted this one that had only red. Ta da! Monochrome! So I added the face with a little black and a little white…..and there you have it, my Day 8 entry.

P.S. It’s getting harder to keep up.

Day 7 -Animal Spirit


Day 7 - 30 faces Animal InstinctsI knew I’d saved these wonderful horns for good reason. Cut out of a magazine months ago, they have finally found a home in one of my many journals. We all have a bit of animal spirit within, I think, although I don’t believe I particularly identify with a ram. This prompt has given me food for thought and I will explore my animal spirit in more depth as I move forward in my journaling practice.