Another somewhat older piece. This one was done in charcoal to help enable incorporate sharp contrast. I was also working to experiment with placement in regards to how much detail needed to be arranged on each side in order to achieve balance. I wanted to see if I could place a large amount of activity on one side yet still make the negative space interesting, and I did this using the description of the fruit and foliage sprouting from the girl’s locks. To accomplish the character of the hair, I decided to lie down on the floor and take a “selfie.” I then sought to combine this image with various plants and twist them into the hair, adding a sense of harmony. In comparison to most other pieces that I’ve done, I really enjoyed this one and had little issue. For some reason, it was especially entertaining to draw (maybe because it’s of my face 🙂 ).
I remember as a small child discovering the whimsical world and delighting in my ability being able to bend my hand with a mere thought. Although much has changed since then, my response to the miracle of existence remains the same. That day, when I realized that I was alive and even that I simply was, I rationed that I was going to seize this phenomenon like no other. I was going to invest the best of myself because I wanted to inflict bright and restorative revolution. However, at the time, I must admit that my conviction had more to do with my own glory and remembrance, but eventually, I discovered that such a calling required so much more of me than selfish dreams. To really succeed in making the most of my life, I would have to do the unthinkable-give it away.
My goal in life remains the same, and that is to not waste it. More than anything, I want to be productive and to be a blessing. I want to be giving the best through every aspect of my life, no matter how insignificant I or my life may seem. I still seek to produce everlasting fruit- fruit of the Spirit. My sole wish is that by the end of my time, my life would have been dedicated honorably.