Day 3 entry. This was a pleasant surprise. I started the day early and confused about what direction to go in. I sketched a few animals, half painted an abstract scene of women, and then went out for some errands. I discovered my muse while out, and then rushed home to paint her, Habiba Da Silva that is. You can view her photos on Instagram at @lifelongpercussion
I love how saturated and colorful her face is, and how subdued the background played out. “Muçulmana” is the Portuguese word for Muslim woman. I thought it was fitting, since she is of Brazilian (and Lebanese heritage).
On another note, I’d like to just mention, that it’s important to embrace what makes us different. Curly hair. Brown skin. Whatever it is. It’s our differences that build strength and character in the end, as long as we learn to love it. Takes courage to be different though. Hats off to the confident women not afraid to stand out from the crowd.
Day 2. This was much easier. I forgave myself for not being a perfect painter, and instead embraced what makes me different. This piece felt very emotive as I painted it. I knew right away that I wanted to work with a green/blue/violet color scheme. And to my surprise, I actually stuck with it (I can be pretty spontaneous when I’m painting so this was new for me). I resisted my urge to use a lot of colors or make it more vibrant.
In the end, I really like the final piece. It’s kind of haunting, and the veil adds a mysterious touch. I think I could paint veiled women over and over again. This was very fun to create and I didn’t fuss to much about getting the facial features precise or that detailed. Everything was pretty intuitive and in the moment. Maybe I can find a happy medium in between my love for abstract art and realism.
The 30 in 30 challenge is onnnn and this is my first entry. I painted it last night and refined some bits this morning. I will admit, I felt completely out of my comfort zone painting this. I found that I don’t have much interest in rendering the facial features perfectly. I did use a few reference photos (my muse was Cara Delevingne), but I was more interested in jumping right into the colors and creating a vibrant portrayal of a woman’s face. Interestingly enough, this portrait is pretty androgynous. There were times when I saw a man’s face (someone on Instagram said Steve Tyler!), and sometimes a woman’s.
I decided to name it “Live” because it feels pretty disco to me. Have a good day everyone! Happy painting to my other artist friends in the challenge.
P.S. The 30 in 30 painting challenge is not a competition. It’s really about challenging ourselves as artists. Just in case the word “challenge” makes you think of a prize or something at the end. Hah.