so um .
*looks around nervously*
yeah, the time i allotted to write this post?
it’s gone. burned up. deceased. vanished. taken flight. down the drain. extinct. disintegrated into the vast emptiness of the world around us. spent. no more. nada.
it just, well in the words of a 3 year old. .. went bye-bye ….
yup. yours truly spent over 2 hours searching for these damn darn pics
that you shall see adorning today’s post
(you better like ’em or at least pretend to! )
and i best finish organizing all these old files
(over 100,000 of them – you’d procrastinate too)
scattered across 3 friggin’ computers …
talk about poor time management and inefficiency
sheesh! bad chrysti!
so as you may have now guessed
there won’t be much writing accompanying this post
unless of course i start rambling
which lets face it … tends to happen alot
SO (she tries to state in an eloquent non-rambling, reader’s digest sorta way) today’s giveaway, is one you should be familar with already since it was the Day 1 giveaway too!. I HIGHLY recommend you go back to that post and check out the interview I did with Cate, and read the AMAZING discussions that took place in the comments. True inspiration and eye-openers there. In the near future, I plan to elaborate on some of your remarks as well – it fascinates me!
I told ya, y’all inspire me daily. Love that.
Moving on … if you took my advice, and re-read Day 1 … then you’ll know I was honored to be a part of a truly inspiring, and groundbreaking book last year: Mixed-Media Self Portraits. In it, I teach you how to create your own self-portrait assemblage, sculpture mask. (it’s alot easier than you think) A super cool background technique, the mask itself..and more. I talk (very personally) about what brought me to creating them. Why I create them, and why i want you to create them.
I’m interested in those of you that may have this book already – what did you think of my piece? Have you tried it? If not, why not? It’s truly not as complex as it seems in print. Claustrophobia isn’t an excuse either – I get panic attacks easily when confined, and actually did a-ok making these. On my own I may add and with no help. (said in my big girl voice) Though admittely, it’d be more fun with a friend. Pair up Ladies!
but here.. take a look at a few in-progress shots as I worked on them…
I want to see YOU like this. Yes – YOU! I want to see artists everywhere slathered in plaster and exploring a medium they may not be used to. I want you to expand your creative horizons – and see what happens as a result. What have you got to lose?
My entire purpose with this project was to challenge not only myself but to challenge you. It was to create a self-portrait that captured who I was on the inside (and the many moods i experience)– with a loose, rough, raw abstract form. I wanted to teach a mixed-media project that you don’t see very often. I wanted to get to know myself better, I craved a bit of that oh-so-awkward-uncomfortable-squirmy feeling to work with, as it’s usually where I make the most profound insights.
I also found a few detail shots of the masks featured in the book, someday I’ll get the rest of the shots up too… the quote at the top of the post is part of the mask ‘raw’ … and here’s a few other shots for your viewing pleasure …
I want to know your honest thoughts – constructive criticism included – let me have them, and you just may win a copy of Mixed-Media Self Portraits yourself! One person will win a copy, with my project signed… and if my studio sale pieces on etsy sell out this week – I’ll order another copy for another lucky receipent or two – you never know just what I’ll do! Heck, I don’t even know what I’ll do half the time…
To enter today simply…
Sincerely, The plastered Chrysti
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