Looking straight at myself to paint is a strange feeling. I don’t feel as self-conscious as I used to when starting this process and I’m noticing more little facial quirks and mannerisms. In this case, I tend to raise one eyebrow, usually the right one, just as I’m about to take my gaze from the mirror to the paper. I think I hear my inner voice saying: “Ok, get to it.” Then I dive into the painting and run with instinctual choices. I’m currently in a Fauvist mindset, so I’m choosing that colouring. The primary gouache palette helps that decision too.

I’m not sure how I feel about the charcoal outlines yet. I’m thinking of overpainting them with black gouache. I’m hoping it will give more energy to the compositions and imitate movement and certain lively messiness.

Subject: Stylized self-portraits based on selfies.

Materials: watercolour paper, charcoal, gouache, white-tinted acrylic varnish

Dimensions: 15” (38cm) x 11” (28cm)

Prints & more available at Arts MPerron @ https://1-mario-perron.pixels.com

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