Item #94 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project is to paint something from my imagination.
I have a lot of painting and drawing challenges on my list, but they’re all pretty focused on drawing things that I can physically see, as realistically as possible. I decided to give myself an extra challenge and see what my brain could come up with on its own. I’ve been feeling pretty worried about this, actually!
I think when I set this challenge I intended to paint some sort of scene, not a person. But last night I had just finished off another painting and I wanted to keep going. I started pushing paint around on a fresh piece of paper, not even bothering with a charcoal drawing first. Eventually I decided that the shapes looked like a face and a couple of hours later this little lady was looking back at me. It’s so fresh that you can still see the wet paint in the photo above.
It was strangely liberating to invent a face without using any reference material. I’m a little bit surprised that all the little features work together so well, as though this person may exist somewhere.
There are plenty of little things that I would like to fix, but I’ve decided to resist temptation and leave this painting alone for now. I’d prefer to wonder what her name is, and is she maybe eleven or twelve years old? Definitely not a teenager yet, I don’t think. And she probably has a little sister.
I don’t know. But this challenge is officially complete, and it was really fun to do!