Thursday, February 6, 2014

29 Faces Art Challenge Faces #6-9

Continuing the 29 Faces Art Challenge hosted by Ayala Art, here are the latest:

Face #6

I live in the city where the famed Bust of Nefertiti makes its home, and I have a bit of an obsession with her. The bust is one of the most beautiful works of art I have ever seen, and makes me want to really know what the woman in real life was like. She has such a serene, but mysterious look on her face. Completely in control, but somehow benevolent . . .

That having been said, I am not satisfied with this piece. I don't feel that I made the two mediums, acrylic paint and oil pastel, work well together. Also, I don't feel that I "said" anything new about her. But I am showing this piece anyway, because I feel it is important to be able to give ourselves the permission not to like a finished work.

Nefertiti is a subject that I often return to - I've done studies of her with everything from charcoal to collage- and I am sure that I will return again to her during this art challenge.:)

Face #7

This is my 8-year-old daughter's "pioneer girl", as she calls her. She finds Little House on the Prairie and pretty much anything that happened in the 19th century fascinating, but this is the first time I can remember her drawing something in this genre.

Faces #8-9

My 10-year-old son's obsession is with Marvel comics. That explains the two faces below.: )

Thanks again for all of the comments and encouragement! Constructive criticism is also welcome!


  1. Hallo Sheila!

    Die verschiedenen Gesichter sind toll geraten - am bestenvon denen, die ich noch nicht sah, gefällt mir das Portrait von Deinem Mann!
    Ich freue mich einen so interessanten Blog gefunden zu haben!
    Du kannst stolz sein auf Deine wunderbare Familie und Deinen "himmlischen" Beruf!

    werde öfter kommen!

    lg aus Österreich

  2. Sheila, your painting of the bust of Nefertiti is fantastic. You have managed a difficult angle with great talent and beauty. Your children's art shows that the apple doesn't fall from the tree. Both are artists in their own rights.

    1. Faye, Thank you for your kind words! It was fun to try this angle and I learned a lot, even though I wasn't happy with the end product.: )

  3. Dear Sheila, you are doing a marvelous job in guiding your children to unleash the incredible gift of painting. Their love for painting remind me of this clip not sure if you have seen it.

  4. The Nefertiti is great! Wonderful job on the perspective and shape!

  5. I completely agree that giving ourselves permission to not complete a piece is essential. I do love what you created. That the acrylic and oil pastel did not blend is not apparent online.

  6. I really like the Bust of Nefertiti, u did it really well.. i m in love with the face posture... and your kids artwork are super cute... made me remind of my childhood days :)