In the book Mind Set, by Carol S. Dweck, PH.D, she explains this phenomenon as the struggle between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. She writes "I've seen so many people with the one consuming goal of proving themselves - in the classroom, in their careers, and in their relationships. Every situation calls for a confirmation of their intelligence, personality, or character. Every situation is evaluated: Will I succeed or fail? Will I look smart or dumb? Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I feel like a winner or a loser? This is the fixed mindset...And, instead of seeking experiences that will stretch you, you seek out the tried and true. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset."
With that all in mind, I will share with you 2 of my paintings I did over the weekend. However, I have to tell you that these paintings did not come from my own imagination. I also discovered that I need to look at what I am painting. I have a hard time just pulling it out of thin air, but with time, stretching, and growth, I expect this to change. I knew that I wanted to paint a face and focus on the expression and shading aspects of the painting. I decided to study Emily Martin's work because she is amazing at capturing both of these components. My first 5 x 7 painting was inspired by Emilie's Poppy Print. Here is my version of it...
My second 5 x 7 painting is titled Julia because it is a painting of my sister.
I've always wanted to paint her because of her big beautiful brown eyes. Yes, currently she does have low-lights of blue in her hair, and now that I think about it, I forgot the tattoos on her wrist. Maybe I should give this painting to my Mom =)