Carol sees faces in the most mundane places…
All my life I have been fascinated by faces. Even as a child, I would look through National Geographic magazines and marvel at the many different faces from around the world.
I see faces in everything from flowered curtains, to trees, to shadows, to linoleum floors.
Carol’s roundabout path to painting faces
When I graduated from high school I went overseas to Denmark to visit my mother’s family and stayed a year. What a wonderful experience that was! I was 17 but I can still clearly remember the faces of many people that I met and sometimes I see hints of them in my paintings.
When I came home, I decided to go to nursing school, graduated, and worked as a nurse for a few years. In that time I met my husband. We got married, bought a home, and started a family.
I wanted to be a stay at home mom and needed to earn extra income, so I started making Christmas ornaments and Santa Clauses, lots of them! Christmas became my specialty and I worked with wood and acrylic paints. I participated in many art shows and did quite well for years.
Eventually though, the art shows became less popular, and I decided to stop doing that artwork altogether, much to the disappointment of the people who collected my ornaments and Santas.
Instagram challenge is a great motivator
Fast forward to about five years ago - after suffering some great losses in my life, I picked up a paintbrush and paper, dipped into some watercolors, and joined a challenge I saw on Instagram: 100 faces in 100 days.
I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to come up with 100 faces, and then beyond that, share them on social media sites with people I didn’t even know! I remember expressing all those doubts to my husband, “Should I do it? Will I be able to make up 100 faces?”
Well, once I got started, I really was on a roll and even to this day, I haven't stopped! Since that day five years ago, I have painted and published thousands of whimsical faces of all kinds. As you can guess, I’m having a great time!
My quirky characters are usually not planned out; they just show up and I go along with it. They come as they are.
Carol's process for painting her faces
Thank you Louise for pushing me out of my comfort zone, for I am not fond of writing, especially about myself.
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