We are never too old to dream the seemingly impossible. It is not just the providence of the young. Yesterday, I was reminded we all have dreams no matter our age. I was waiting at the Bus stop and got into a conversation with an elderly lady who revealed she was 92. She was telling me about the 5 km fun run she had taken part in during the weekend, she did say she walked it. But still! She said her dream was to be doing it when she turned 100! She had put up on her wall a chart that went to 101, and every year she achieves it she puts $500 aside for a world cruise or a visit to her native country – South Africa when she reaches 101. She reckoned she would have enough by then. I reckon she will do it too. Amazing inspirational lady!
It made me think what is my dream? Oh I have the usual, win lotto! Good health, success as an illustrator, a beautiful garden, but I don’t have an extraordinary dream like the lady today. I think I need to address that.
What is your dream? Is it an extraordinary one?
For Face no 5 I used pastels, I haven’t used them for ages and I had forgotten how much I liked them. They certainly give that soft dreamlike quality to the young girl above.
I am doing Face 6 as well today as tomorrow is a holiday - NZ’s national day Waitangi Day. I will be busy with visitors and don’t know if I will get any time for art.
I’ve decide to do a portrait of the lady at the bus stop from memory in water soluble graphite pencils.
I think I got the look of her, but I am not happy with the mouth. She was always smiling and no matter how I tried I couldn’t get it right without her looking as if she was smirking. I tried showing her teeth and that was worse. How do you draw their teeth without them looking like a shark?
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