This challenge has been kicking my ass. First off all the naked body issues stuff, then the fact that my vision far outstrips my talent at this point, and I am feeling those limitations keenly, as I take my first few whacks at figure drawing, and then there is the fact that I am getting a little Klimt-ed out, or maybe just not in a very Klimt-y mood right now. His paintings are all dreamy, glowing sensuality, and quite frankly, I am all angsty, crabby PMS.
This is a Klimt woman:
This is me:
You can clearly see why I am struggling to get into the spirit of this thing?!
Many attempts have landed in the bin. I seem to be fighting the sub-conscious urge to slim myself down. I managed a sketch I really liked, good likeness in the face, decently proportional, but then realized that I had somehow managed to elongate my torso and slim my hips at least 15-20 pounds worth (O, the programming to want to be skinny runs deep!). Another attempt yielded a reasonable body and a totally effed up face, or a rather nice sketch gets badly botched when I try to paint it. Grrrrr!
Today's efforts produced something that I actually like, not love mind you, but it won't be binned. There are parts I like, and the body is much more true. The face looks a bit like a cross between Professor Snape and my Aunt Vivian, but really that's how I am feeling today so perhaps it is apt. Anyway, I am sharing it as a work in progress. The great thing about getting so frustrated with the process is that I no longer have any qualms about the body reveal. I am much more hesitant about the flaws in the work itself than I am about my own naked butt. Maybe painting and drawing it 57 kabillion times, has brought me some peace.
I am thinking this will probably get torn up or deconstructed somehow and incorporated into a bigger piece.
Now, I am off to threaten to "slug" people and sit pensively by a toy piano.
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