I am one of the invited guest artists for The Documented Life Project.
The theme for the Project is this month is:
and the Journal Prompt this week is:
I can see clearly now
These are the journal pages that I had fun creating as I considered the prompt. I took the turmoils of a disjointed, random, messy background and bought focus to it. There were a few mis-steps along the way, a few alterations to my direction, some changes, but as I created things became clearer and more distinct. I love it when I can see my artwork emerging from the mysterious mists of imagination where it all starts, and forming edges and boundaries and shape.
i don’t tend to include much dialogue or text in my journal pages. The inner expression comes out in my art. In this case I received a clear message: the calm face looking out at me has a touch of concern in her eyes. She seems to be saying ‘Take stock of where you are now. Enjoy the moment. Look at the joy around you with clear vision.’ In the chaos and colour of life, you can always find your focus. That is what Eye can see clearly now.
About the process:
In a large hand made journal I started with a random background that was just sitting in there, waiting for such an occasion! I like to use up leftover paint and collage ephemera on random pages in my journals, so I have a little bank of backgrounds already started when I need them.
I used colour pencil to draw out the face amongst the paint and collage.
For the rest, I documented the whole process in the following video!
it shows the new way I have been shading eyes. ( I’m always playing with my style!).
‘Eye Can see Clearly now’ – Jane Davenport
SUPPLIES I USED:
Prismacolor Pencils ( Dark Brown)
White China Marker
Pigma Professional Brush
Schmincke watercolours – Jane Davenport set
Quill Neptune watercolour brush from Princeton in Size 4
Thank you for joining me here to celebrate the fun of the Documented Life Project! And thank you to the girls from Art to the 5th for inviting me along.
For more examples and full instructions on how I draw my expressive faces you can join me in some of my in- depth online workshops.
The best starting point is ‘Supplies Me’. It is my Foundation Class and holds the basics for face and figure drawing as well as a slew of techniques with a wide variety of art supplies.
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I hope you join me in creating some expressive eyes!