As part of the 50th celebration at Circle View Elementary I offered to face paint the students. I'm embarrassed to say this '50' I painted on my cheek in the photo is my second attempt. First attempt - using a mirror - I unwittingly painted 05. Seriously. Slap upside the head. Good thing I didn't turn up at school like that!!
And in case you needed to know - never underestimate the appeal of face paint with the 5- 10 crowd! So enthusiastic and yelling their demands! Most of the kids were darling, and maybe two or three even said thank you.
Anyway, I was determined to be a two color only painter and to paint as speedily as possible: 50 one cheek, CV for Circle View the other. I was fast, but maybe not the most popular volunteer face painter. Two hours and hundreds of faces later, I'm ready to run as fast as I can to my car and a large coffee (it not being anywhere near wine o'clock...)
Carry on teachers! You do a brilliant job being around those small folks day after day - I'll stick to my day job!
I've been obsessed with the reveal and conceal idea since art college, and I've recently seen some amazing artworks in California that show a figure both appearing and receding into the background. I wish I could find the artwork that is stuck in my mind so I could post a link here, I saw it at the LA Art Show a couple of years ago, but unfortunately I'm terrible with names and can't remember. But the image has stuck, and it's my goal to create something as alluring. I've been playing with watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper and I'm very excited about the possibilities of combining the two. It's funny, all these years I've been painting one or the other, and for some reason I never thought about combining them til now. I' m hoping to put together a collection, which I'll share with you obviously. Please share any links to artists who develop the figure this way if you find any. Thanks!