Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Faces


The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge is Faces. Here’s a take from Wikipedia about the topic: 

Perception and recognition of faces

Gestalt psychologists theorize that a face is not merely a set of facial features, but is rather something meaningful in its form. This is consistent with the Gestalt theory that an image is seen in its entirety, not by its individual parts. According to Gary L. Allen, people adapted to respond more to faces during evolution as the natural result of being a social species. Allen suggests that the purpose of recognizing faces has its roots in the “parent-infant attraction, a quick and low-effort means by which parents and infants form an internal representation of each other, reducing the likelihood that the parent will abandon his or her offspring because of recognition failure”.[9] Allen’s work takes a psychological perspective that combines evolutionary theories with Gestalt psychology.

The face perception mechanisms of the brain, such as the fusiform face area, can produce facial pareidolias such as this famous rock formation on Mars[Naturally I have to sneak in a reference to the famous Face on Mars! ~ KT]


It was interesting for me to observe the results of our team members’ explorations – they are so varied. I especially love the animal faces. It would not have occurred to me to include them as an exploration in “faces” but it makes total sense. Anyway, I hope you enjoy our team’s little journey…

Our team interpretations…starting with human faces:

Laney Mead – Sketch of a whimsical face

Jenny Davies-Reazor: I havent been able to do much except glaze the beads this time around. But as I was glazing these – it struck me. more detail. Moon faces, green earth spirits. Maybe they will only appeal to me… but I am pleased.

Jenny Davies-Reazor: I’m feeling very “Children of the Forest” here.

Caroline Dewison: Moon faces

Claire Fabian: Disclaimer: I am not happy with her! I should have stopped in between but that doesn’t matter. The only way to learn is to do it, over and over again and also to overdo it, because otherwise one would not learn when to stop. So therefore I wanted to share her. She is in my exercise book, the one not meant to be shown 😉 What I did learn was that I so enjoy the process to start with light “blobs“ of colour without any sketch and slowly add more and deeper colours. It creates a lose feeling, an aspect of water colour I love! So I may not be happy with her but I do appreciate her!

Susan Kennedy: I was really inspired by this topic! This is The Four Cardinal Directions

Susan Kennedy: This is Mother Earth

Claire Fabian: This was an experiment a long time ago. Polymer clay, resin, acrylic paint, paper and dried flowers (actually from a tea mixture, perfect source for tiny flowers). I like her and at the same time I don’t. Probably because she is not feeling like my work? I would probably like her better if someone else had made her. 😉

Susan Kennedy: Inuit

Cathy Spivey Mendola: ‘Fragmented’… face by Jenny & seashell found last month. It’s a work in progress. Not quite finished necklace. Beaded portion is suspended from a manipulated piece of copper tubing with wire running through it.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: Close up of ‘Fragmented’ which is how I am feeling most days-fragmented…

Cathy Spivey Mendola: ‘Moon Maiden’ another face cab by Jenny. Paired with a raku cab by Maku Studio.

Cathy Spivey Mendola: In-progress close-up of Mood Maiden

Next we turn to animal faces:

Laney Mead: My first ever needle felted project.. not brilliant but not a bad start 😀

Laney Mead – Sketch of a Cat

Caroline Dewison: Barn owl

Caroline Dewison: A hare

Caroline Dewison: A badger

Caroline Dewison: A jackelope… this one’s just for me 🙂



Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
  1. Reply

    I totally enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing .

    • Kathy Lindemer
    • August 27, 2017

    Some lovely creations! Well done ladies!

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