THE START: AN ASSIGNMENT
To make a portrait for 365 days in a row and post it on Facebook is not an easy task. I gave myself the assignment of using a different style every day: a kaleidoscope of my way of working over the years, from collage to Photoshop, classic and modern, reworking old drawings – digital or analogue. Cutting up or ripping photos and old drawings and putting them together again, but also making new drawings and paintings for days on end.
This year I was away from home a lot: Greece, (Zakynthos), Germany (Dresden), England (Hitchin). That meant I had to invent a Today’s Face on the spot, which often led to surprising results. On Zakynthos because I taught watercolor, in Dresden I worked with the material I came across and in England I used 8 x 8 inch canvases.
Although I tried to reinvent the portrait every day, they still became self-portraits…
THE PROCESS ON FACEBOOK
When I started Today’s Face, I couldn’t imagine that there would be such a strong response. Over time, I’ve been enjoying it more and more, also because of the reactions of the FB friends. I noticed that portraits in color got more ‘likes’ than the ones in black and white, which didn’t astonish me. Sometimes the reactions were surprising, as in the case of the portrait with the most ‘likes’. (19-09-2018)
TODAYS FACE BOOK
In 2018 I made a book of the faces of one year, a second edition came in 2019.
During the compilation of the book I found that it contained a number of double portraits. Some I left in, because they have been reworked differently, others I replaced. Some of the portraits exist only digitally, I exchanged one portrait and four have remained in England (The Garden Gate Tearoom in Hitchin).
Two portraits have been included in a private collection.
At the end of the book you will find a list of names of artists, whom I referred to in the Face of the day.
Wim Vonk, Amsterdam 14-12-2018