As some of you may or may not be aware, I am currently featured on the Reality Tv show called Skin Wars on GSN. It is an honor to be chosen to compete with some of the most amazingly talented and incredibly inspiring artists. If you are a fan of the arts in general… this is the show to watch. I have the pleasure of bringing my vision to life on a living model,adding much more depth to the artwork than I ever thought possible.
At this point in the game I have now advanced to round 3! let me fill you in on what you have missed up until this point. We all met and in the first 5 minutes they threw us in a room where we began our very first challenge. No time to think… cameras watching your every move! It is like going into an exam that you had no idea about and did not prepare for whatsoever. The only thing on my mind at this point is to not screw up royally! To be perfectly honest… I like to prepare. I like to plan my ideas out and I like going in with blueprints to build my masterpiece. That is just how I function to properly excell,or so i thought. This is totally out of my element completely. Then again… I signed up for this (haha)! Needless to say that I survived as I placed in the top 3 of the first elimination challenge where I had the celebration of St Patrick’s Day! Fun first challenge to start off with because I am a super colorful person in life and I like to have fun. With little to no sleep, I stayed up all night attempting to prepare my sketch to go in with a plan!!! As a hint of my carefree personality I added a little extra leg to my Leprechaun because WHY NOT?!? I don’t always make the best decisions but I cannot take them back so therefor i must own up to them. Now you are all caught up and on to week 2.
This episode is one of my very favorites, because there is so much backstory to my work that no one gets to know about unless you are reading this now! At this point we have already had to say goodbye to my very good friend Jermaze Wade (Blacc Jesus). The house was already thrown off and tension was getting high, so I decided to take a nature walk outside to start my morning off with fresh air. Now remember, I still really haven’t slept at this point and sleep deprivation will do some crazy things you guys! I plopped myself onto the stairs and was greeted by a tiny squirrel, so naturally I did what any right minded person would do… Attempt to communicate with it (haha). After a while of this when my spirits were lifted I decided to join the group and Kyera,concerned with my frazzled state earlier, questioned how I was doing and where I had been. Laughing about my adventure, she stated, “Aww Britt, your Snow White!” So naturally when we walk into the paint room ready to start our small challenge and see this GIGANTIC Fairy tale book there, myself and Kyera’s mouths dropped to the floor! So yes.. when I was called up to pick my topic, I jumped on Snow White so that I could tell my story through my work!
I was ready to tell my story of my walk that morning. So in this piece there are 11 steps, one is missing because Blacc Jesus was sent home, showint the new gap in my path and how sometimes we have to leap a bit farther to get to where we are going. But the steps ultimately led to a house filled with all of these crazy artists who in truth are my dwarves that make me feel at home and loved!! I won’t mention who is who because I am sure they know exactly which one they represent (haha). Naturally I placed a silhouette of Otto and his cowboy hat peeping out the window because he was stationed next to me while painting. He always poked his head in just when I needed a laugh to relieve the stress of what I got myself into! But don’t look too closely,as I totally ran out of time and forgot to finish painting my squirrel sitting on the steps toward the bottom. Shit Happens…and sometimes it is ok to not be able to finish and sit back and laugh at yourself for your mistakes. So i deemed him my SPIRIT ANIMAL! He lives on through my work!!!
Next Challenge… we have no idea where we are going or what we are painting. I felt like a kid on a field trip! Totally was because they surprised us with a Ty Store visit!!! They set us loose to run and grab a station of our choice… NOT a good day to wear heels guys! I got lost in the back of the store, more so because I wanted to play with everything instead of paint. So I didn’t have a choice of my station…my station chose me! Challenge Accepted!!! In all honesty… I have done camouflages before, not an easy task at hand and I had all the straight lines to incorporate on a curvy model… YAY! Not to mention the pressure of these little dolls staring at me as I painted. They will forever haunt me in my dreams! It was hot, we were literally dripping sweat and everyone was on the edge at this point. Poor Shelly Wapniak was directly behind me feeling the pressure too. If you have seen the show, then you know Shelly is not afraid to verbally speak her mind. I love her for this, but not in that moment when I was trying to channel my inner Chi and calm the S#!t down (haha). Love you girl… we are going to work on that meditation together ;). Thankfully my model, Irena, who was so understanding and supportive. She was there to help me focus. She cheered me on and made sure I knew that it was looking good and helping to line it all up. She is a champ and that was one of the most difficult challenges I have ever faced. Time is up!!!
To explain my piece in full, I positioned her standing in front of the baby dolls looking down and reaching for the dollhouse. her pose represents human acceptance and how we crave to be loved. Just like a doll placed alongside of so many others and hoping to be the one that gets taken home. Stretching for the dollhouse, she longs to be in a place she calls home. On some level, we are all this doll, wanting to be accepted and loved. Constantly trying to find a place we call home. Having the chance to describe this to the judges is my way of communicating the feelings and emotion I put into this piece. As they called me up as one of the Top 3, I felt that they received my message and that all the hard work I put into that paint paid off! It is amazing that no matter how difficult a challenge may be and how fearful I am approach it, the joy that comes out of each and every challenge from facing that fear is remarkable! We are all capable of so much more in life that we do not allow our self to be challenged due to this fear. There will be times when we fail but as long as you keep trying, there will be so many times when you succeed that it makes the failures totally worth it!
So there it is… I made it to the next round! I hope that you enjoyed hearing my side of it all. Tune in for next weeks stories of the all new and exciting challenges that await! Before I go I want to leave you with this quote of inspiration…
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill
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