Today's sketch and Photoshop alteration...I am enjoying the theme of faces right now. I'm not sure how long I will stick to this theme, but as long as my pencil is willing, I am. I have always loved drawing girls. I posted yesterday's sketch on my Facebook page, and several friends commented that it was a self-portrait (sans wine glass). It was not my intention, but I can see it in the eyes, I guess. Another friend reminded me that we used to make forelorn looking paperdolls all the time. I had forgotten that, but it demystified the urge to draw girls. It's something I've done since I was a girl. I grew up surrounded by sisters, aunts, and girl cousins, so it's what I know.
So when I began this self-challenge, I blamed technology for frittering away a good deal of time I could be using to make art, and I mentioned Pinterest among those time-wasters -- but I really should have mentioned Facebook as the least productive and most destructive for me...because I really don't consider Pinterest a waste of time. In fact, I think is an amazing tool for creative inspiration in every aspect of my life. That may be me rationalizing, but for now, I defend Pinterest vehemently. Digital vision boards, people!!!! (right?)
...And for some Facebook may also be all good, but not the way I use it -- to check out photos of acquaintances I have barely known in 20 years, and read their inane to do lists -- and post my own photos and my own inane comments. Not all good, I am here to confess. I debate whether to sign off of FB permanently all the time, but I am just too nosy. (and it has reconnected me with a handful of very good, old friends.)
And I am not saying that I am going to stop. What I am doing is calling myself to account for the fact that if I have time to engage in activities that are so useless to any of my real goals and yield nothing productive, then I ALSO have time to make art. And so...