Drawing 50

I woke up, thinking - what to do today? What does one do when one turns 50? My paints were in my studio, but the only thing that made any sense was to sit myself down right away, and take a good honest look at myself before I had any time to think. I found a watercolor block, and my drawing box and thus began a project of drawing myself every day for my 50th year. To live 50 as a painter, taking a good look each day, whether I have 2 minutes or an hour, and whether I want to or not. And in the way that iterations are not just repetitions but change due to the very fact of being repeated, I will live the year of 50.

Karen Kaapcke, September 2012

The Continuation: I have noticed in this, my 51st year, that I am more my body than ever. Yet I was suddenly barely recognizing it. The need to look at it and 'lean in' with it, to work with it, has become central. As a result, my body is becoming more my own. And more universally representative of the need to be present physically in a way that most women find only happens in the younger, sexy years. 51 = drawing the body.

Karen Kaapcke 3.30.13

A few years later, and I looked into the mirror - and was struck by how foreign my belly was to me. I still don't recognize myself.

Karen Kaapcke 9.20.16
I had an urge to work with ballpoint pen this morning, possibly to push what I felt was a hesitancy - to work with an unerasable medium, to force the focus.  After working for a while I started to see the ink in terms of warm and cool, and just then there's color - and I started blending in craypas.  The unexpected way that when I smeared it with my finger the craypas picked up the ink and created a kind of blue-grey was beautiful.  But still, a hesitancy - so I brought out the razor.

3.18.13, self portrait with white t-shirt #4, ballpoint pen and craypas, 7.5x11", ©Karen Kaapcke 2013

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