Day 10: 30 Days of Self Portraits

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Image: Self Portrait, pastel pencils and sticks on beige pastel paper

I guess the pastels have missed being used, so they wanted to come out yet again and play. Pastels were actually one of the first mediums I used a LOT after my grandmother gave me my first set. They flow just like using paint to me... and you can draw, smudge, draw some more, smudge some more, layer, and build up. There is a limit to this with pastels though. If you layer too much and smudge too much it will just turn to mud, so you do have to be very intentional as you how you put your colors down.


Doing drawing, painting, or art of any kind actually, pulls you back into presence... pulls you back into the present moment. Even if my mind and imagination are swirling out in never never land, my body is here in the moment choosing what line will get drawn next, and what color will get pulled from the collection.


I'm on day 10 here, and I have to say I'm starting to notice certain nuances about my face, particularly the distance from my nose to the top of my upper lip, and the shape and length of my "philtrum." I had to go look up what that was called by asking Google "what is the thing between the nose and upper lip." 🤣 When I get the shapes, space, and negative space correct for that particular area of my face it seems to create the right expression, and it can be tricky.


This was another quick half-hour pastel drawing. I wasn't feeling like I wanted to do anything too in-depth still just yet. What I am getting the most from this exercise at the moment of doing a portrait every day is just that. DOING the portrait every day. It's a process of creating some new habits and ways of looking at things. I'm already thinking that at the end of this 30 days I'm going to give myself some other kind of 30 day challenge for drawing... and maybe I'll see who will join me in it by creating a challenge for you all 😉👏


Sounds for the day: Peia "Machi" from Four Great Winds


"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine." —John C. Maxwell

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