Welcome to week 3
Self Loving Self Portraits
Full Moon week
Full moon is a time of opportunity and development. During this phase emotional energy is magnified. Our creative focus for this lunar cycle has the potential to be energised. We can use this intensity to experience a deeper connection.
Using sunlight, candle light or a lamp, play with the angle of the light shining from one direction (a darkish room makes it easier to create strong shadows). Have some fun (it's ok to feel silly) and take a few selfies experimenting with the shadows and the angles. Try casting a shadow pattern across your face for effect. You can edit and crop, maybe taking out the colour or choosing a monotone to simplify the image and turning up the contrast.... We will use these photos in a few days for inspiration and as a reference to create artwork from.
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique." Martha Graham
Bind Contour Self Portrait
Yes, here it is again! My favourite, a blind contour (feeling with your eyes).
It's really valuable to set aside at least 10 minutes for this, if possible two 10 minute drawings is ideal. Often the first one is the gateway to the second where you may find yourself more relaxed and able to see more. You will need paper and any drawing tool (not paint). We will be drawing a self portrait without looking at the paper. Sit comfortably in front of a mirror. If you're right handed place your paper on your right, if you're left handed, to the left. Make sure you can see yourself in the mirror but you can't see your paper. Focus your attention somewhere in the centre of your face (not the edge, I like starting near my eye) and place your pencil near the middle of your page. Slowly, slowly with a continuous, descriptive, sensitive line, (always in contact with the paper) begin to move your eyes and your pencil at exactly the same rate, imagine you are touching. Move your pencil even slower...allow yourself to see more...the slower you go, the more you will see. Every nook and cranny, every little detail can be caressed.
I like to set a timer and then surrender to the full ten minutes with a curious open mind.
"The moment you accept yourself, you become beautiful" Osho
Move your Amazing Body
Delight in your way of moving...
Move, dance, yoga, sing, use your body, cartwheel, play, sport, swim, run, work out, stretch, jump, walk or do whatever you love. Remembering and rejoicing in how incredible our bodies are, allowing our bodies do what they were made for makes us feel happy!
You could express your interpretation through a photo or a video.
"Do your Dance, take a Chance, it could only make you Stronger" Prince
The secret is in the shadows
Softness, colour, sensitivity, shadow, subtle and diffused.
With the shadowy selfie from the other day as a reference, notice how the shapes of the shadows are negative spaces, shapes with no names. (To read more about negative space you could go back and look at day 4). You might like to draw or paint or collage (or keep altering photos). Very lightly and loosely allowing the shapes to have blendy wet messy edges and using only one colour start creating your shadowy portrait. Draw or paint the shadow shapes and how they relate to each other. See if this can be an artwork without lines, just shapes placed near each other a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.
"Art should astonish, transmute, transfix" Brett Whiteley
Sometimes I wear big bright earrings and it makes me feel glamorous. Find something to brighten you up today, to help you feel sparkly ✨ It might be a great hairdo or scarf, earrings or fabulous makeup, a hat, outfit or flowers in your hair...
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Marilyn Monroe
Take the plunge
With a huge amount of self acceptance today is the day for a self portrait of your choice. You might like to try bold charcoal, ink or soft pastel, watercolour or paint. explore the shadows or follow your lines. Whatever you choose it's a day for being kind to yourself. Looking in the mirror for an extended period of time might be a different experience. Say sweet things to yourself.
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you." Frida Kahlo