Thursday, January 31, 2013

Drive, Rooster and 29 Faces


Hawaiian Rooster
encaustic 6x6
 
What drives you?
My husband went to an interview this past week and this was one of the questions. He came home and told me about how it all went - questions and his answers. He said, I'm not sure I did OK on this one. So, he asked me... "What drives you? How would you answer that?"
Really, it was an easy answer for me. I am driven to gain knowledge. I am driven to understand things, to better myself and my skills and to learn all this by gaining knowledge. Sometimes I get an insatiable appetite for learning something. I am driven to compulsion to learn it. I get it in my brain and it takes hold and I'm on a tangent... I'm driven to learn whatever it is.
I learn through books, videos, asking questions and finding examples, taking lessons. Study is in there too. I study. I practice.  I also google. I love it - this quest for knowledge. Its ongoing for me and ever changing. I land in a spot and gain knowledge there and when I feel like I've learned it - I move on, move forward. That was my answer - this is what drives me. He looked at me and said "wow, I think I should have said that  - that's a good answer".   Made me smile.

I mentioned I was on a bird thing. Here's one of the few I've been working on. I always wonder why a certain animal appears in my mind and just has to be painted. I do believe there is some connection there when an animal makes an appearance. So, if you are curious, as I was - here's the answer Rooster totem

And... Its time for 29 Faces - so... here we go
Face #1
Face #1
29 Faces
I've actually been doing it - painting every day (almost). And... I've been working in series, like 4 encaustic paintings at a time - which, really makes sense.  I'm also still dabbling in oil paint and filling in my sketch book.  Then.. I use my left over paint and just paint for fun, from my imagination, in this old book I found at the Goodwill.  If they're really bad, I just rip out the page and throw it away (I've only done that once - it was bad - believe me.... bad).
Happy Friday!  Join the fun

47 comments:

  1. When I was doing my Masters in Creativity Theory one of the things that came up again and again was the intrinsic quest for knowledge in creative people... that and an obsessive streak... and from your answer and this post you fit very firmly in that category... mind you looking at your gorgeous paintings would have told us that anyway...xx

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  2. Love your rooster and its texture. I understand that quest for knowledge and obsessive streak, I have it in abundance.

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  3. that's a great answer and one I can relate to - I always want to know 'why, how, what about?' there's something sad about people living in their insular little bubble with no interest in expanding their mindset beyond their existing learned beliefs. Your rooster is fantastic-the depth in that eye! That's great you've been painting every day-I've been trying to sketch every day too.

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  4. Marji. I love your art and talent. A beautiful rooster and very inspiring face.

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  5. Awesome, that rooster is so lively! That eye! Your encaustics are so luscious! <3 I love google, too, lol!

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  6. Fabulous rooster, love all the spiritual definitions. I could pretty much say the same as you propels me! Continuously consuming information about everything and anything that interests me!...I am so curious what hubby's answer was??

    Great face too!!

    Hugs Giggless

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  7. That rooster looks so real, wow, it's almost like a picture. Especially the eye! Lovely to see you're joining the 29 faces challenge! Great first face! Don't rip the pages out, you can always paint over it if you don't like it!

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  8. An amazing rooster, he looks so real!

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  9. Oh, I just want to touch the lovely texture in your encaustic rooster painting!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  10. The rooster is beautiful. He has such depth in the encaustics. And me, I love anything painted on a book page. I love opening the old books to find the newly painted surprises. I've got several of them in progress around the house. I am the same way with info. DH spends his evening computer time watching TV shows and music videos and I spend mine researching whatever random thing has piqued my interest that day. The internet is such a treasure for info junkies! How can anyone get bored when there are always so many more things to learn?

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  11. Wowness...your rooster is spectacular..a deeply beautiful piece...shine on..you are fantastic!Always wonderful visiting your magical world of art...
    Victoria

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  12. Love your rooster. Totally awesome. Lots of texture. Excellent. Happy PPF!

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  13. Marji, first I wanna tell you that you are super talented artist. Your rooster is wonderful piece of art. loved your blog and following you now.
    Happy PPF :)

    Disha
    http://designdecoranddisha.blogspot.in/2013/01/moment-of-creativity-togetherness-love.html

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  14. Great post. You are a true scholar. I am really amazed at the wonderful detail you are able to get with the wax. Your colors and depth are great. Amazing work!

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  15. Marji, your rooster is incredible. I love the texture, the colors, and the fierce expression he has. I have no idea how you did the eye but it is awesome.

    I too love to learn. My interests change overtime but that is what makes life fun. There is always something new to learn and to do, so if I get bored there is only one person to blame - me!

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  16. Wow, Marji, your rooster looks like he could hop off the page and scratch around in the dirt. I grew up in the country and I can tell you, he's authentic. His look says: don't mess with me or I'll tear your eyes out. His beautiful feathers belie his inner demeanor. I have a friend who is deathly afraid of roosters. One chased her down when she was a little girl and hurt, but not injured, her. Thanks for commenting on my painted pages.

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  17. Loving your gorgeous rooster, so much wonderful detail. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  18. That rooster is amazing! I too enjoy looking up animal totems etc and rely on the book "Animal Speak" quite frequently. What a wonderful response about being driven too.Happy PPF!

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  19. Yes, that rooster is gorgeous. Excellent execution of encaustic.

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  20. Beautiful rooster and love your face art work ~ delightful ^_^

    Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

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  21. The rooster done with encaustics is brilliant! Everytime I visit your blog it makes me want to get out my wax too. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy PPF!

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  22. Your rooster is gorgeous! And I can't imagine being driven by anything better than knowledge - I feel that way too...

    Your face in the book is lovely, somehow anything done over old text is richer to me, and I love how soft and relaxed the painting is.

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  23. That rooster is just exquisite! What drives me? The need to now let my retirement years be wasted and futile! Happy PPF.

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  24. Fantastic work Marji, that rooster is just wonderful. Valerie

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  25. Both works are very compelling and it shows such a nice range of styles. I am driven by a desire for knowledge, too, but also a pursuit of happiness. My bad memory keeps me from every being too sure of my knowledge, so everything always seems new and mysterious. Excellent post and work. Looking forward to the next 28.

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  26. Oh Marji... your answer was wonderful... perfect... LOVE your gorgeous rooster... and your beautiful girl... so happy to see you participating... can't wait to see more...

    Jenny ♥

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  27. Awesome Rooster and perfect answer. I too crave knowledge and love to read 'how to' art books - that is just so weird, I am told... Happy PPF !

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  28. wonderfully textured rooster. Fantastic. What drives me is the need to create - to make things. It's a great question to ask oneself. Happy PPF!

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  29. Love your rooster..Your faces are great too, but I have a thing for Roosters. :) HPPF

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  30. I, too, love the rooster and the face. She has a moving quality to her. As if her emotions come up off of the page. I found you through 29 Faces. This is my first time participating.

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  31. That IS a great answer! I google things all the time too! Love the texture in your beautiful rooster and your face for 29 faces is wonderful as well!

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  32. Your rooster is amazing - I have to say his eye just jumps out of the picture and I felt like he was looking right at me. Love the soft, but very strong color. HPPF

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  33. Yikes to the rooster, terrific encaustics ... The woman is striking as well! Right now art creativity moves me forward! But don't know any bosses want that for a answer, unless your husband is an artist too! HPPF!

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  34. That rooster is so life like! I adore it!

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  35. what an insightful answer to a difficult question...and makes so much sense from an artist's point of view. Love your birds and faces...found you through PPF.

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  36. Gorgeous use of vibrant color in your rooster painting, and I love the face painting on the book page. I do that too! Welcome to 29 Faces, looking forward to seeing more of your art.

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  37. oh my goodness you are so talented! that rooster is amazing, your art is truly fantastic!

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  38. your rooster marji is beyond the beyond. i like the story re your husband and the question alot. it has me thinking! the faces are magical as well. happy ppf!

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the rooster a lot. You always create such wonderful pieces. I just like your style a lot!!!
    Have a great day!
    Nora

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  40. The rooster is so intricately painted, I enjoy looking at each feather. I've been driven to learn, research and get that degree. Now, with experience and understanding, I am at the stage of wanting to help others in their quest. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  41. Your answer made me think of this quote "If you want to make something new, start with understanding"-Seth Godin. You obviously do this well:-) LOVE the rooster.

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  42. Your faces are beautiful. Love the Rooster.

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  43. As an islander living on the mainland for a year I will admit to being partial to your rooster! Though when at home they make me crazy! Beautiful encaustic work!

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  44. I am a lover of Key West and have hundreds of pictures of roosters. This is the MOST INCREDIBLE piece of work! Love it!!!! This post is a lesson everyone needs to think about - reflect - and answer for themselves. I have shared on my FB page.
    thank you!
    dana

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