Lately I’ve been trying to catch up with the lessons in Alena Hennessy’s “A Year Of Painting” e-course (affiliate link). For some reason, over the past few weeks, I had been ignoring the lessons and simply doing my own thing, painting-wise – and not getting very far.
I was so far behind that I decided to skip a couple of lessons because they didn’t appeal to me (which is quite telling in itself!). The next lesson after those was about painting faces – which I also didn’t fancy. But I realised this was probably just resistance, so I watched the video for the face painting lesson and had a go – and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the process!
In the first painting, I was able to use part of the background for the face colour, and the whole process was quite easy and enjoyable. I then convinced myself the second painting would be more difficult – and it was! This time I didn’t have the background colour to help me, and I had to re-do the features several times because they didn’t look right.
For the third painting, once again the background lent a hand – the face itself leaped out of the background, so all I had to do was follow the contours that were being presented to me. Now, I’m the first to admit that the features in these paintings are not 100% anatomically correct – but at least they are recognisable as faces. I feel proud of myself for having painted them, and I’ll be doing more!
It’s interesting, isn’t it, how the things we resist most often turn out to be the things we enjoy most…?