|Emily Dickinson, non dominant hand portrait|
When I am worn out (more emotionally than physically), I have a tendency to start to want to control. I become tighter and my critical voice is in full force.
On Monday, I set out to paint Emily Dickinson. I am not necessarily a fan but Jen was. And this connection makes perfect sense. Although I don't know much about Dickinson, I have a sense she was a romantic, poised and proper, that she carried a sense of simplicity while being profound in nature. I definitely get a sense of eloquence. No wonder Jen felt an attachment. These qualities were also at her essence.
Monday's attempt at Dickinson's portrait subsequently created this result (see image below). I cringe just seeing it here. Read about the angst I experienced when painting this HERE.
Today I remembered the practice of drawing and painting with the non dominant hand. Although I still don't feel like I've caught up with myself, with this practice, control and criticism can take a rest on the back burner. The result of this practice is posted at the top.
As an artist, I am always wanting to loosen up. This is a slow evolution for me. I want to paint more portraits like THIS.
And, just to demonstrate how everything ends up connecting, somehow, eventually for me. Here is an image from a poster design class I taught back in the fall of 2017.
|poster design (Emily Dickinson quote) at The Create Everyday Classroom|