I'm taking the Painterly Portrait class by Julie Johnson on the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network. It's a self-paced online course which means I have access to the information whenever I want, but not the instructor (though it looks like questions are eventually answered). This suits me fine! Julie has offered a wealth of information and any/all basic questions have been answered in the comment forum.
As I mentioned in my Face Book post, I'm working toward getting through my fear of creating faces. Though I've been painting faces for a little while now, I've never truly learned some of the fundamentals. So, when Jeanne Oliver announced she was having a 50% off sale on her classes a few weeks ago, I leaped at the chance to take this class.
A Strathmore toned gray sketchbook is where I did the necessary work of confronting my fear of creating faces. I call it the Face Book.
I'd reached a point creatively where my fear was getting in my way. I was frustrated by my lack of knowledge and inability to create what and how I needed to. I was so frustrated, in fact, that I was intensely discouraged.
Then came the Face Book.
I'd purchased the little Strathmore sketchbook some time ago during a sale at a local store. One day I picked it up and decided to create as many "ugly" faces as I needed to so I could become comfortable with the challenge of creating them. Creating things over and over again is basically what an artistic study is, so this would be mine.
My practice was my curiosity in action.