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"Can't Make-up My Mind"
This graphite pencil drawing started out eight years ago as a demonstration piece for my advanced students. I was requiring them to complete a self-portrait in some sort of mirror or reflective surface. Each fall, I've pulled the piece out whenever I introduced the assignment and would add a few marks before packing it up again. This Christmas I challenged myself to complete some of stacks of unfinished pieces that were piling up in my studio.
This piece was done from observation looking into an old compact left in my classroom desk by the former art teacher. The fantasy characters just emerged from doodles and playful marks built through my imagination and what I "saw" in the doodles.