Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mixed Media Face: Glimmer of a Smile



It's my birthday today, so I'm celebrating with Face #20. I'm all caught up at the moment. Hooray! So anyway, this is a mixed media face. Although I've been exploring mixed media over the past year, I've I've been resisting this style for some reason. One reason is that I feel it's a bit trendy, and I don't want to do something just because of that. I want to stay true to my own voice in my work. But probably the main reason is that I've been a little timid about using my own drawing in my work. When I studied art long ago, I was quite good at drawing, but then for many years, I didn't keep up with it. I never appreciated the value of consistent practice over time. When I started doing art seriously again, I realized that my drawing wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, and I was shy about putting in my artwork. It's been a great year, though here I am, with a glimmer of a smile, happy to feel I've been making progress.

(Friday 9/28 update -- I posted this last week for Ayala's 29 Faces project but I'm also sharing today with the wonderful artists at Paint Party Friday.)

24 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Hope you had a great day.

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  2. Happy Birthday Debbie and many more! Great piece. Your work reminds me of another blogger's work, Silke is her name: http://silkepowers.blogspot.com/2012/09/one-of-my-big-weaknesses.html
    Silke has some wonderful pieces. Your work is awesome.

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  3. Happy Birthday Debbie I hope you have a great day.
    This is a lovely mixed media piece. I always think it's fun to experiment with techniques and participating in this challenge is a perfect excuse!!

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  4. Happy, nappy Birthday!! I hope you had a great day. :) I loved doing the 29 Faces in May. Drawing faces everyday gave me more confidence and I learned so much. I am still working on the portrait journal that I started then. Looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous faces. :)

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  5. Thank you all for your sweet comments. Gloria, I've seen Silke's work in my Paint Party Friday travels and agree that it is beautiful. I'm flattered by the comparison!

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  6. Wonderful portrait! It's true, the more we practice the better we become. Hope you had a lovely day on Thursday! ♥

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  7. Your painting looks gorgeous! Love your color choices!

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  8. Happy, happy birthday, Debbie!
    I love the layers and colors in this portrait!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. Debbie: Happy Birthday to YOU! Love your mixed media piece ... I see a bit of you in her face! Love the red on the bottom ... very effective! Happy PPF!

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  10. Happy Birthday Debbie and loving your portrait she has such a kind face. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  11. Hi Debbie!!!! Wishing you a super amazing Birthday and I love this new painting!!! well done!!! Happy PPF!!!!

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  12. Happy birhtday to you! Your portrait is beautiful but I understand how you feel. I'm working on my first ever mixed media portrait and tho it began with some trepidation I plan on finishing it and then doing more-the more you do the better it gets, right? Happy PPF!

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  13. Debbie, happy birthday to you!!! Your Glimmer of a Smile is gorgeous. Your drawing is excellent. I think maybe a huge smiling face is in order. Keep up the good work.

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  14. Debbie, Happy Birthday. Your portrait is beautiful as you are. Nicely done. Have a great day and weekend.

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  15. beautiful portrait.

    happy birthday. hope you have a weekend full of wonderful celebrations!

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  16. happy birthday and I hope you have had a really special day and have been duly spoiled...xx

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  17. Happy Birthday and your painting has a mystical feel to it ~ her face very expressive ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. happy belated BD! what a beautiful face!

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  19. Happy birthday - don't you celebrate for at least a week? Love the face on that girl and there is a "glimmer" of a smile.

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  20. Happy belated birthday, the same day as my baby sister. Hope you had a good day. :)

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  21. Happy Belated Birthday Debbie, wishing you another year full of creative abundance!! Hope you got to celebrate this weekend!!
    So much expression on your lady!! There is a glimmer on her beautiful face...she seems very peaceful and loving!! I could be friends with her!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. your lady is gorgeous...and I feel she has a song in her heart singing wishes for your birthday!

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  23. Lovely work. I think as with anything one has to keep practicing or lose some level of what we had. Sounds like you have got your mojo back.

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