Yesterday was a day of anti-whimsy-faces watercolors. I saw that Traci Bautista was going to teach us how to draw stylized glam-girl faces based on magazine photos next in the Strathmore workshop and I finally had it. I think those anorexic, super skinny, no-nose, lollipop-headed, flower stem-necked images of female ‘beauty’ just perpetuate more self-loathing in the actual girls and women who can never in a trillion years, look “pretty” like that. We even call them “pretty faces”! We fill our journals with these sick images that are nowhere NEAR a reflection of real female beauty. And it is we, the women artists, who are perpetuating this on each other and our daughters! It’s worse than the magazines…which real, beautifully imperfect women and girls also use in their collages to represent their own feelings, etc. How can that be healing??? Anyway, I did several watercolors on that subject, including this one:
I experimented with designing some stylized, whimsical curvy women, and this my favorite of the ones I came up with. I call her my little piece of magic, and I will probably experiment with Magic in other work:
This is the Slow Journaling (Daisy Yellow) I did in my Canson based on how I was feeling yesterday:
And to end on a positive note, this is the exressive watercolor I did based on the last lesson from the Strathmore workshop:
I had a blast with it. It really fits with my love of playing with abstract shape, line, and color.