Funny how no one wants to admit their age, but everyone is talking about aging! In general, I think we see ourselves as “younger” at an age where we would have thought our parents to be old. I wonder, did they feel that way too, when comparing themselves to their parents? Perhaps we are living a fantasy, in total denial about our aging bodies and minds. Or perhaps, because we know more about healthy lifestyle, we are taking better care of ourselves and, therefore, ARE actually in a younger state than our parents were. I choose to believe the latter and I also choose to be proactive in keeping myself healthy and active; mind, body and spirit.
What do YOU have to say about aging?
Last week in my Art Journaling class, we experimented with transparent paints and also adding glazing liquid to opaque paints to make them transparent. I do love how adding many layers of sheer color creates such depth in a painting. It seems the favorite paint of the day was quinacridone nickel azo gold. Something I use a lot of, and perhaps take for granted, became a new treasure in my students’ paint box. Hooray for new discoveries!
I 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.”
Oh, 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.
I 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.
I’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: ; 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. Similar effects in cinema and photography also are called chiaroscuro.
Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow.
I 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!