Monday, April 15, 2013

Self

1.105 Self. A good friend of mine asked if I had ever painted a self portrait while we were out at dinner over the weekend. I replied that I hadn't and that if I did I would have to paint myself as a crumbling piece of sandstone. Immediately after I finished my last painting I was sitting, disgusted with myself, and decided to give self portraiture a try. I couldn't do any worse than I just had! 
The sun was setting and my north facing window was giving a trickle of pale light and the tungsten lamp that I use to illuminate my canvas while I paint was reddening the left side of my already sun burnt face. So I decided to paint each part with the exact color that I saw when I looked in the mirror. This resulted in a strange palette as my poor color mixing skills combined with the changing light as I painted.
Facial proportions suffered as I smeared layer upon layer trying to approximate what I saw of myself in the mirror on the floor propped against the wall. Overall, I'm a bit terrified of the painting and have placed it face down against the wall in my bedroom, but I had a great amount of fun working on it!

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