I Planned for Red

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In my mind’s eye, the deer in this drawing would be red. I’m in charge of that, so last night I worked on them. This is what happened:

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Those are not red deer.

I went back to them this morning. I decided to throw caution to the winds and got out the watercolors. I got to here:

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Then I had a sort of momentary connection of brain synapses and remembered that I teach makeup and color and that continuing to shadow in purple or brown was not going to give the contrast and depth I needed. It’s elementary—I needed to use red’s complementary color, which is green. How is it I can teach this stuff and then forget to use it? Objectivity vs subjectivity, I think. I get really emotionally drawn into my work, so I tend to be unable to see it clearly. This is also something that I teach in Stage Makeup–we are unable to view our faces objectively or, even, as a whole. If I look at my face in a mirror, I see its parts, I see my perception of my face, but I am not able to view it without all that subjectivity. If, however, I photograph my face or look at someone else’s face, I am able to view it more objectively.

So after some subtle changes, here’s where they are currently. I *think* they are done and I can move on. I also have trouble knowing when to stop until it’s too late and I’ve overworked something, which is another reason photographing work in progress is helping me to view it better.

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What I can’t explain is why they aren’t pure crimson red as planned.

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About Guenevere

I am an artist, a stitcher and a costume designer expressing myself through design, costuming, sewing, drawing and teaching. I also have Ehler's Danlos Syndrome, Type 1, and suffer daily chronic pain, degenerative changes to my joints, IBS, POTS and likely MCAS. Life is one big picnic.

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