Sunday 1 May 2016

Show Your Face on Friday - #30Faces30Days

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. It's a little while since I blogged - I don't know where the time goes. I've missed linking up with Kim Dellow's Show Your Face on Friday blog here so I'm back again, sharing a collection of faces I created for a really challenging but incredibly enjoyable discovery I made during April - Annie Hamman and Galia Elena's #30Faces30Days Challenge. I had been watching in awe as the really talented artists involved in this challenge posted on Facebook then Annie very kindly said that I could join in and pick up where everyone had got to. I hope that Kim Dellow and all my fellow face artists at Show Your Face on Friday won't mind me sharing some of the faces I created in response to the prompts. I only started on #18 - Performer, so I haven't been able to respond to all 30 prompts!
 I still feel that meeting the challenge of creating a face a day has been an enriching experience, leading my imagination along paths it might never have followed otherwise! How - for example - does one meet the challenge of creating a portrait with the prompt 'Faceless'? Nameless, with her face partially covered by a papier-mache mask, this mysterious lady makes her way over the bridges of Venice.
What would  a 'Surreal' face look like? I created a bird lady in a land of floating trees.
For 'Floral' I created Ophelia, dreaming in her vintage flowery dress and reciting Shakespeare!
For 'The Blues' I discovered Ophelia's younger sibling, Arabella...
These portraits gave me the idea for a possible story or series of stories involving three sisters: Arabella; Ophelia and the youngest member of the family, Angelina who takes her ginger kitten everywhere with her.
I made the acquaintance of an Earth Goddess...
a goddess of reflections 
and a living tree...
Tribal was not the easiest prompt for me to work with, until my muse led me to Florence whose style is distinctly 'Retro' and who longs for us to 'Give Peace a Chance'. 

I was able to include some of my little face houses too! This one was for the prompt Door...
And this one for Collage...
The final prompt was Bird and I took a few process pictures for this one. I began by collaging tissue and napkins onto a canvas panel with Matt Medium. Beforehand I roughed out in water-colour pencil a sketch of where I would be placing my face.
I then worked by adding layers of PaperArtsy Frescos, made more translucent with Satin Acrylic Glazing Liquid.
Finally a slightly older version of Angelina appeared. She is doing baby-sitting duties for this little bird, guarding her eggs in their cosy nest. She has to walk very carefully and hold her head straight for this task: she has found it's done wonders for her deportment!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and looking at these faces I created for Annie and Galia's #30Faces30Days. I'm so grateful to them for giving me this opportunity to grow and also to Kim Dellow whose Show Your Face blog continues to be an inspiration!


  1. Wonderful post Julie Ann with so many delightful and interesting faces. I love them all but my absolute favourite is the Earth Goddess which is so clever. Look forward to seeing and hearing more of your trio of lovely sisters!

    Lesley Xx

  2. I couldn't begin to start this challenge but your faces are all so different and just enchanting.

  3. absolutely lovs all your faces Julie Ann you are a clever girl xxx

  4. Really lovely faces Julie Lee. Always a romantic quality about your work. Like a fairytale come to life. xox

  5. Wow what a great variety of amazing faces!! Wonderful work! So your play music block too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Wonderful work with your faces, Julie Ann!

    Lucy x

  7. All of your faces are fabulous but I especially love Angelina and her kitten! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Oh, my goodness... I'm not surprised you haven't had any time for blogging. What a glorious flood of creativity. As always the faces are exquisite in their detail and execution, and the imaginative impulse behind them fills them with their own individual characters and personalities. Magical, Julie Ann - a post full of inspiration and delight.
    Alison x

  9. Wow Julie Ann, each time i thought I had a favorite, another favorite appeared! You are so versatile and talented dear friend!! I love each one, but have to say I am favoring the living tree! xoxo

  10. They are all wonderful little works of art Julie Ann! I especially love your 'faceless' lady with her mask. xxx


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