Day three of the daily paint-a-thon brings a little play with etching and aging. Beginning with a pristine white board and using layers of paint and ink to age the painting, along with carving into the board and removing pieces to add texture and dimension.
Notice how the wording of this technique makes aging and lines sound purposeful - something to strive toward and master, something desirable and elevated. Now compare this with how we feel about aging and lines when it comes to our bodies...somehow our approach is completely the opposite! I decided to try on the painting approach with my face for a minute.
"Hello, face! You began as a bland, colorless surface with nary a blemish or line - a little bit frightening, if you ask me! How plain! How uninspired! You must have craved some color and texture to make yourself beautiful....we worked hard together to arrive at the deeply textured and aged look you have today. Think of the years we spent covering you with layer after layer of paint - beiges and ivories, bronzers and blushes, shadows and liners, creams and lotions. Not to mention the special applicators to get the look just right...and the rough spots you managed to bloom over the teen years. Those were quite masterful, dear face! We added a little bit of sunshine and wind, a heap load of stress and about a million smiles to get the lines deeply etched and elegantly curved. You are on your way, face! Perhaps we need a few more lines around the eyes and mouth, and a dark spot over on the left cheek just to add some interest to that side? Keep up the good work, dear face!"
Now you may find this humorous, but my face felt pretty proud of herself after this little conversation! Suddenly, things I saw in the mirror as unwanted are masterful creations resulting from years of hard work and dedication. All this from a wee little painting exercise of a scratchy cup of tea...