The Precinct: Mar 15th 2014

Modus Operandi: 
Before the Ink had a Chance to Dry
SHOOTERS: Shoot your mug with a description of a time in your life that flew by. Do you wish you could have stopped and enjoyed things? Were you glad things happened quickly?
SKETCH ARTISTS: Use an ink pen to draw your portrait. Use thick, minimal lines.
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This was an emotional prompt for me... I journaled a bit about my oldest son's senior year of high school. As if your kiddo's senior year doesn't move fast enough, and a mom doesn't have enough to deal with having her first child leave the nest, Ian moved out before the year was even over, to start raising his own family. I love my grand baby with all my heart, and I'm so proud of the man that my son has become, but it was a heart wrenching year for me. Definitely too fast for my liking.
This prompt touched me deeper than I thought it would. I set a timer for 10 minutes and journaled on those events that flew by in my life and somewhere around 8 minutes I got the idea to do a picture collage of those moments. The next thing I knew I was in tears realizing there wasn't ONE moment or event...rather ALL of them together; so it was LIFE itself that had flown by. Then I took a photo of my collage, printed it, drew my portrait, added words & feathers I've collected over the years and took another photo. Aaahhh-mazing!

For this one, I used sumi ink and a brush...just did it quick, no real thought. I've found my portraits come out better that way. Then, I just added some splats of ink.
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  1. I'm officially on the Force this year. I can't believe I'm able to keep up. Exciting.
    Rachel, I'm not even ready to think about a senior year. EEK. My son is going to be a senior next year. It all has gone way to fast.
    Sumaiyah, What a lovely project. I like your take on using photos of moments that we often live through so fast that they all blur together. Would not have thought to photograph it and then add to it and keep the integrity of the original .Great tip.
    Lori, I like the boldness of your ink drawing. The splotches definitely evoke the before the ink dries part of the prompt.

    Off to post my prompts on my blog and at the facebook group.


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