Comfortable in Your Own Skin


While it seems terribly important to most of us to be “normal” (a figment of our imaginations) that can really put a wet blanket on creativity!  Accepting who you are, quirks and all, is an important part of being artistic.  So put your art on!

This is the before photo of this page out of my little hand bound junk journal.


Hope you have a wonderfully blessed and creative day!

Choose Joy


Sometimes happy accidents happen in art.  “Choose Joy”  was one such accident.  I had been working on six or so faces on wood panels at once.  The other five had already gotten their preliminary coat and I was ready to do just one more… but I was nearly out of time.  Wanting to at least use the paint on my palette, I decided to hurry and just rough in my lights and darks with the leftover paint.  This quick, rough painting was so much better than the other five!  I was so happy with my rough painting that I left it with just some minor touch ups and work on the eyes.

I also like how the face doesn’t fit on my board.  It helps to really focus on the face instead of the setting.  I will have to remember that.

The trick will be trying to repeat the process.  Maybe set a timer so I have to hurry?



Someone asked recently about how my faces were coming and I realized I haven’t posted any faces for awhile… so here are some of the recent ones.  These are all quick works from my sketchbook, mainly working on proportions and not worrying too much about finish work.  It is amazing how just the slightest wrong size or placement makes the whole face look “off”!  It is also fun how easily a face can be given a whimsical look just by the size of the eyes, or the emotion can be changed with just a shift of eyebrows.  Faces are so fascinating!

This one with my new art snacks Zig Clean Color brown water soluble pen and Tombow markers… the portrait set is great for skin tones!


And another with just the brown and a gold Pentel water soluble pen My favorite about this face is the doodles in the hair.  Going to have to do more of those!


This one is all doodly and with some fun color…but the ear is in the totally wrong place and ruins the whole face!  I do still like the hair doodles and the pops of color though!


This one is done with one of my favorite face making tools.. the Stabilo pencil.


This one is similar, but with some blue Stabilo pencil mixed in. I dislike this shape of eye, and the eyes seem tooo far apart even for a whimsical face.  The only part of this face I like is the area from the bottom of her nose to the top of her upper lip!  But that is what this is all about, finding the little details that I like and will do again, and what I don’t like and will avoid!


This face is a lift the flap with a sad or upset expression underneath.  The face is painted with my new Watercolor Confections paint set in Decadent Pies, which I think is a great skin tone set.


And there is also a batch of what I call my Jane Davenport faces!  All are done in pen and ink and watercolor, playing with different ways of mixing skin tones by mixing a primary color with it’s compliment (opposite on the color wheel).

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Which face is your favorite?

As you can see, my faces are far from perfect, or even complete!  But the important thing is practice, practice, practice!


Let’s Face It


“Let’s Face It” is a purely collage piece on a 8 x 8 cradled wood panel.  The face was made from a stash of collage papers and a couple of old postage stamps.  The hair is made from Citra Solv altered National Geographic Magazine pages.  I enjoy the challenge of limiting myself to using only paper when it is so tempting to reach for a paint brush… especially when doing small details like eyes!

This artwork is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita and is $40.  Call (316) 262-2435 to purchase.


Let’s Face It!

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I have been enjoying the challenge lately of “painting” with paper.  It is trickier than it might seem to use ONLY paper for all the shading, details, etc.  I am so tempted to grab a paint brush… especially for little things like the speck of white in her eyes.  It is also really difficult to find good skin tones in my paper stash.  Not much junk mail comes in flesh colors I guess!

This piece is done on a 8 x 8 wood panel.