This week’s main lesson on Life Book was taken by Jane Davenport, a mixed media artist famed for her paintings of women. I found undertaking the lesson to be intimidating at points – I felt sure I was going to mess up at every stage – but completely enjoyable. The lesson was essentially about using collage and carving out a figure using the negative space. I also had the opportunity for some much needed practice at painting faces and improve a little more as a result. I also finally cracked open my tin of inktense blocks for the wash over the hair and I love them. I wish the collage I had created that became the hair had been a bit more random. It was supposed to be constructed out of things that appealed to me so I had to make conscious decisions as I raked through my files of paper and ephemera which then led me to be a bit too intentional with their placement in the overall collage. But that is the only thing I would alter if I had a do-over. I really loved the process and am pleased with the final result.