04/24/2005: "Regression Theory"
Ever since I was in middle school I had a talent for capturing faces. Portraits were my favorite subject matter and people said I had a real nack for captuing a person's essence. So, you will understad why I'm freaking out that suddenly I can't seem to paint them.
I worked on the woman playing the fiddle this weekend and the entire painting looks great except for the woman's face. It has gone through many incarnations from goofy, to sleepy, to downright evil & alienesque (which is what she looks like now). It's really bothering me because it's the one thing I'd like to believe I'm consistent at painting.
So, I decided to give that painting a rest today and work on the face of the (formerly) harmonica playing woman instead, and I F#@*%#! that one up as well! I can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong with the features that they just don't look natural. They are both so terrible I'm actually too ashamed to post them for your advice.
I can't remember the last time I've had such wonky, all over the place abilities. I wonder if all artists go through periods where things they used to be able to do easily suddenly seem foreign? I mean, this is different than a creative block, it's not that I don't have ideas or can't paint...I can, I just stink at it.
Here's a new mystery image: