Out of my Comfort Zone - Again
One of the things I have most enjoyed about making art with my daughter, Sonja, is that she often pushes me out of my comfort zone. It happened again yesterday. This time it wasn't getting me to do something new in my own art, but getting me to help her on one of her projects.
Many years ago she took a couple of mask-making classes from Eric Bornstein at the Cambridge Adult Education Center. For a while now she has been wanting to get back to that again, but needed to make a plaster cast of her face. This wasn't something she could do by herself, so she asked me to do it. She had the day off yesterday so I went over in the afternoon so we could try this.
I don't know just why, but the idea really freaked me out. It was somehow terrifying to think about covering all but her nostrils with plaster of Paris. After a few minutes of panic, I screwed up my courage and we moved forward.
Everything was all set, so I just had to take a deep breath and move forward. Sonja had the scary part, but I was the one who was afraid.
The baseball cap didn't stay on, but the underneath layer of plastic wrap still protected her hair. She put Vaseline over the main part of her face, but I had to do her eyes. She needed quite a thick layer over her eyebrows and eyelashes. Putting that glop on her eyes was scary, but I didn't have much choice at that point.
12/22/2018 04:55:25 pm
Sometimes taking risks pays off! I’m always amazed by your creativity Ann and all the wonderful ways you express it. It’s fun to follow your artistic adventures and of course fun to follow Sonja and family also. Happy holidays.
12/28/2018 10:19:21 am
Wow! You and Sonja were brave. The results are awesome. I can’t wait to see the next step in this art project. Let me add, Tyler was apparently confident that you both knew what you were doing. He was interested!
12/28/2018 10:25:06 am
Before we started I was a little concerned he would freak out about this but he didn't seem to be bothered at all. He just asked a couple of times why she couldn't talk!
12/24/2018 06:56:24 am
Thanks Joan. It's always a boost to know that people enjoy your work.
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Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.