I am very excited about the fun, new coloring book I have, but I decided that I need to just put it out of sight occasionally so I can get more of my own creativity going. I started the day by putting away some of the materials on my work space so I could start something new. I am always ripping things out of magazines and newspapers that I find interesting and want to....save for future use. I suppose it would be great if I used what I tear out right away, but it rarely happens that way. Today's art is inspired from a February 2015 article in The NY Times on Cuban coffee shops in the FL Keys. I liked the photos and I enjoy reading anything about Cuba since I lived there back in the '50's.
I also enjoy painting faces of African American women as I think they are very interesting. I put these two ideas together and started....
Kind of scary looking, I know. You should have seen it when it was just a pencil sketch...I absolutely thought there was no hope and wondered what I was going to cover it up with!
So I hadn't collaged any of the coffee article to the page yet and was wondering how it was going to all come together and that's when I decided that the cafe was going to be the bodice of the girl.
She's kind of scary looking at this point, but there was still something about her that I liked so I forged ahead....
This is how she currently looks. Still playing with her face, but if I stopped now, I would still be happy with her.
The left page, I just glued the article that inspired me to begin with.
That's it for today. You just have to start somewhere! I found a "home" for the newspaper articles that interested me...what better place than my journal.