Thursday, May 9, 2024

Friday Face OFF

 Welcome To Friday Face OFF (FFO)

This is the place to show off your faces or your face. Post any type of face from any medium. You can create it, or find it in nature, or even that face in the design of you 
woodwork in your house. 
Human, animal, alien, or monster. 
I took time to draw this week. The girl that I based this face on did not have one wrinkle in her face. I thought, was my face ever like that? I didn't capture this girl perfectly but she did inspire me. 

As you know this is lupus awareness month.
I was diagnosed 25 years ago. It was not an easy time with the doctors. Women have a harder time being diagnosed with ANY autoimmune than men do. Women are treated differently in the office and it takes years longer to be diagnosed than men.
Thank you for taking time to learn about lupus.
Now back to FFO. 
This week I have several pieces to feature.
First is Sirkkis
Next is Violetta
and Iris
I will also be linking up with Gillena
Now it's your turn to show me your face.


Iris Flavia said...

Great drawing and yes, we were that young we had no wrinkles!
But we were also ... aw, well. Kids.
Lupus sounds so darn scary, I feel for you - you show life still goes on and that we can be thankful when we are healthy!
I wish you a great day.

roentare said...

Many faces do make the event special.

Valerie-Jael said...

Yes, lupus is bad. I have now lived with it for many years! Have a great week, Valerie

Christine said...

Lovely face Nicole. -Christine

Katerinas Blog said...

Your post today reminded me of Oscar Wald's book The Picture of Dorian Gray. There a painter paints the portrait of a young man without wrinkles ... Really amazing book!
Thanks for the information and awareness about wolves.
Have a nice day!
If I find time later in the day I will take part in the challenge!

sirkkis said...

You have well done the AI-photo face.
Nice to see Frida here; I found her poems and are making series for the poetry theme.
Sorry for the illness you are suffering.
Wishing you a happy weekend xx

NatureFootstep said...

It is kine of, strange, I never hear anyone in Sweden having Lupus. But that might be because the people I know don´t have it.

I think did a gret job with the girls face. Young faces are harder as they are so "clean".

Sun is shining and trees are getting green leaves. I will soon be out for a loong walk. Enjoying spring. :)

Rostrose said...

Dear Nicole,
your drawing is sensationally beautiful. I'm not sure whether the girl really has that smooth skin - they can already do so much with filters these days ;-) As a young girl, I had a pronounced wrinkle on each side of my nose and mouth.

I have read a lot about lupus - inspired by you. It's clearly a very unpleasant disease - and I think the worst experience is not being taken seriously by doctors. (I experienced something similar for years with my lipedema in my legs. Luckily, this disease is not as severe for me as it was for my grandmother - who could barely walk at 60/70 and whose skin on her legs had cracked all over - and for me it doesn't limit my quality of life nearly as much as lupus, but it's also inherited and incurable and not yet sufficiently researched... and some doctors are really stupid...) It's important not to let yourself be defeated and to keep fighting - for yourself and for the next ones, who hopefully get better or earlier medical care than we got.
Hugs and all the best, Traude

David M. Gascoigne, said...

That is a very beautiful young lady, and I suspect that when she does have wrinkles she will still be beautiful.

My name is Erika. said...

Your drawing of the wrinkle free face is lovely Nicole. I am enjoying learning more about lupus too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. hugs-Erika

Gene Black said...

I think my skin was only that smooth up until about 13 or 14.
I think Lupus (and other autoimmune diseases) are often overlooked. Sadly, the male-dominated medical industry tends to be very skeptical of women's complaints of the issues.

Rita said...

Lovely drawing! Yes, long, long ago I had no wrinkles, either--lol!

I agree. More women get autoimmune diseases, so they get less study and take the medical community longer to recognize...well, at all. I became hopeful that with long covid becoming a problem over these last few years for men and women alike that they might be studying more in the immune disease's vicinity, you know? One can hope.

Tom said...

...Nicole, best wish to you. Take care and be well.

Giorgio said...

Such a beautiful face! Huge congrats, Nicole!

Granny Annie said...

I beg to captured her perfectly. Beautiful drawing.

LA Paylor said...

well heck I have most lupus symptoms for Pete's sake. I love "fight like a girl" and your drawing is seamless. The shadows delicate and forming shape

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely portrait work and lots of distant healing reiki energy hugs to you ~

Wishing you good healthy, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Gillena Cox said...

Congrats to featured artists.
Have a happy weekend Nicole
Thanks for linking to Art For Fun Friday


Fundy Blue said...

Oh, Nicole! Lupus is such an awful autoimmune disease! I'm so sorry that you had to deal with it. And you're right, doctors didn't take women and autoimmune diseases serious back then. It took me years to get a fibromyalgia diagnosis, and that only happened when a rheumatologist took me seriously in 1993. Sadly, women are still discriminated against in all kinds of medical issues, and let's not even go to medical research. I love your links to the different blogs you share each week. What a lovely photo of Violetta! Your portrait of the girl is amazing! You captured her beautifully, especially her subtle, thoughtful expression. I never had gorgeous skin like that. When I didn't have wrinkles, I had pimples ~ lol! I have embraced my wrinkles. They're my life story on my face, and I have a lot of laughing and smiling wrinkles! Have a great weekend, my friend! Hugs to you!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a wonderful drawing you did for today's post! Yes, so young and beautiful. My days of being wrinkle free are long gone, LOL! Now I have triple bags under my eyes, crows feet, and turkey wattles on my neck!

Violetta said...

A very well drawn picture of this girl. Has your own style. If you ever had no wrinkles? Yes of everybody in younger years has. I am sorry to read that you suffer from lupus, which I never really recognized as disease. I wish you all the best.
And a big thanks for presenting my picture.
All the best

Mae Travels said...

Just now, I read through your Lupus Month information posts, and they help a lot with getting us to understand what it's like to have the disease. I had a cousin who was diagnosed as an adolescent. I think she lived to around 50 or 60, but I have never known any details. Your determination to fight is powerful and inspiring.
best, mae at

baili said...

your art is STUNNING !!!!

her face is bursting with youth and beauty and i have to agree on this with hubby who says that "to be honest physical beauty belongs to early youth and that's it :)

i loved how nicely you could draw her wow EXCELLENT !

thanks for the lupus awareness tips ,it is always helpful to learn more . it was your post sometime ago who informed me what is actually going on within my body dear Nichole so thanks for sharing as here no doctors ever mentions this disease and i am sure the way things are numerous women are suffering with it sadly but no one cares .
sorry for not sending you my email my friend as it has slipped out of mind totally
the address is
thinking of you with heartfelt best wishes and prayers!

Jeanie said...

I'm sure we all had faces that unlined but not in many moons. It's a lovely drawing!

Lowcarb team member said...

I think it's a beautiful face.

Many thanks for sharing details of Lupus Month information in your recent posts.

All the best Jan

Vivian Foo said...

Beautiful face, love it. Take very good care too!