Faces really do inspire me. My sketchbooks are filled with people and animals (bugs, too!), but not much in the way of plants or objects. My art is always about a story, a message, and people are usually my favorite way to convey that message. I must admit, though, that I really don't care if the viewer "gets" my message or not. When I am asked, "What does that mean?" I'm the obnoxious teacher that throws it back at you. What does it mean to you? I believe that art IS the interaction between the viewer and the piece. The only thing that really matters is if a piece touches you in some way - personal, humors, political, raw emotions, whatever. The connection with a piece is personal, and different for each viewer. So if your interpretation is similar to mine, great! If it's different, but you've made a connection, that's great, too. If you think it's a piece of crap, fine. It doesn't offend me. That's why there's lots of different artists in this world.
(ending lecture here. I am a teacher, you know. I can't help it.)
So as you may have guessed, the theme for this (my first) Inspire Me Thursday is faces. I have to give props to the Green Pepper Press Street Team for this one, because the kit I put together for this crusade (see this post) made it so easy to grab my hard pastels and oil pastels, that haven't used in years, and play in my art journal. I have been doing so much design work lately that it felt fabulous to just draw. When I got out the fixative to set the first page, it sprayed out everywhere in a black, gloppy mess, leaving stains on the paper. I tried the old hairspray trick, and that deepened the colors and made more of the background stamping come through. It was all an accident, but I like it better then before!