Welcome to November Facers and time for a theme for anyone who fancies stretching their portrait practice a bit. The theme is ‘In The Style Of’ and the idea is that you incorporate the work/ style/ technique/ materials of an established artist.
The theme is lose and totally up to you how you interpret it. The main reason for the theme is to prompt us all to step outside our comfort zone a little and stretch our own practice so that we can add tools, learning, ideas to our everyday work.
As with all the themes it is totally optional, you can do it once in the month, every week in the month or not at all and just link up your usual work. There is no whip and it is all a bit of fun so run with it, don’t run with it, it is up to you! Just enjoy, have fun and hopefully learn and grow.
If you do join in please tell us who your inspiration is and add a link to the artist themselves or a website about them so we can all get to know them – thanks.
First up the admin…
- In The Style Of – November 2015 (examine our favourite established artists, incorporate what they do through our own face practise)
- Focus On Eyes – January 2016 (break out of our normal practice and try different styles of doing eyes such as traditional, cartoon, manga etc. As suggested by Susana Magenheimer)
- Inspired By – March 2016 (pick fellow Facers to inspire our work this month)
Feel free to let me know if you have any more themes or ideas for Show Your Face.
- Show Your Face In The Style Of – please name the artist and link to them or information about them.
- Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
- the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
- to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
- the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
- finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
- to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
- Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
Looking For The Blog Button?
If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.
My Share This Week…
I am ashamed to admit that I know very little about artists and the history of art, I never learnt it at school and past school I was too busy studying science to fit in art in any great depth. Don’t get me wrong I love visiting galleries and learning about art, I’m not a complete cultural void but I’ve never really had the chance to study artists and art in a big way. So that is what I am doing with our theme this month.
I thought I would take the opportunity to really focus in on some artists’ work and I’m going to focus in on female artists because, let’s face it, they are massively under-represented in formal art education/ galleries/ museums. If I thought I knew little about art in general I know even less about female artists and that just won’t do.
So this week I’m In The Style Of Marie Laurencin (1883-1956), if you google (other search engines are available!) her work you will see that she has some glorious portrait styles, just stunning. Don’t be deceived by how simple it looks it is far from it. There are some really subtle shading that gives her portraits so much depth and expression. My work comes nowhere near capturing this subtlety but it is great fun to explore and fun to try.
I’ve used a canvas board that already had a background including some 3D stencil work that I incorporated into the face to add some texture.
If you are interested in discovering female artists I found a couple of lists on Wikipedia that you might be interested in: a list of 20th Century Female Artists and this potted history of women artists.
Over To You…
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.
Before you go, if you have a favourite female artist I would love to learn more about them so please do let me know in the comments below. Thanks!
Catch you later Face-Artinators
PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with an Autumn colours theme link up to Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.
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