I asked Apocalyptica why she likes to face paint. She said a lot of interesting things in response, and I thought the following bit might resonate with the writers in my audience:
"...And I do it because it's such a challenge to take an image in my head and put it on a body, because there's all this stuff in the way...eyebrows and noses and a mouth, and the surface curves and won't cooperate...usually I start out with a certain inspiration and then I actually start to work with the body and it completely commandeers my process. Like that caribou I painted was supposed to be a scrabble board, but my leg objected. And the fruit bat was originally going to be a floral pattern based on a piece of fabric I bought. So I like being limited by the odd surfaces a body provides, because it produces surprises and there's a built-in respect for the body as the boss of the mind instead of the other way around. But it's also extremely frustrating. I am sometimes quite happy with my final product, but the first half of the process is normally awful and I feel like I will never make it work and I should just give up and take a shower."
|(The fruit bat.)|
|Also, a passenger pigeon. And for the grand finale....|
|Here's a picture of an actual|
Malayan snail-eating turtle...
|and here's Apocalyptica.|
Thanks, sis, for sharing your pictures and your process :o).