Ok, I have to laugh at myself sometimes. I feel I’ve painted a smirk of self-admiration in this portrait. Maybe I catch a different me in my camera lens than in the mirrors I have at home. Maybe I am resisting the reality that I am starting to look my age. Maybe I just like thinking of myself this way. Yikes, this is way too much focusing on my own looks for comfort.

I decided to put down more basic colours in larger chunks of space, then blend gently with an overcoat of yellow and white. Before the wet gouache has a chance to dry, I redrew the outlines with charcoal, pressing very heavily on the willow stick (which is why there are specks of charcoal on the painting). Then I used the now-dirty varnish to coat the whole thing and show more of my brushstrokes. I believed correctly that it would achieve the movement I desired.

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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