I started a quick self portrait from memory with markers.
You would think that the few minutes each day spent in front of the mirror
applying make up would give me a working knowledge of my own face.
I mean, we're talking about years.
But this drawing could be anyone.
One of the participants in Misty's online workshop
said she layered her piece until she loved it. I love this statement
and have adopted it as my mantra.
I layered and layered with markers, Caran d'arch crayons, pencil, acrylic.
Was ready to toss in the bucket several times but reminded myself
to layer until. . .
I love it.
But to answer the question do we really see ourselves?
I think we all do but at different times through different 'lenses.'
To be honest, sometimes I see myself and only see imperfections, my short comings
come through in front of everything else. At other times I am more neutral and on rare occasions I see the me I'd like to believe I am, the person with a kind, soft heart blessed
with a vital energy, curiosity and creativity, a seeker and searcher
who loves deeply and loves to connect with others.