Showing up. That’s all I have to offer. I look around my studio, settle on a book about exploring the Nile and look for a face. I resist the temptation to research it.
The hooded eyes, the broom-sized mustache, and the highlighted, rounded chin (not to mention the medals and sash) attract me. I lay down Neutral Gray N5, which looks brown to me, covering the page. Using a black Stabilo Aquarellable pencil, I carve lines into the paint before adding more color — Carmine, Chinese White, Lamp Black.
I don’t use my space well — no room left for medals. No matter. I move paint until something interesting emerges and the paint says Stop, let me dry.