Self-Portrait Project Ten – A Direct Gaze

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 … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Ten – A Direct Gaze

Self-Portrait Project Nine – A Touch More Real

I felt I needed to do one with my glasses on, even though I feel my eyes disappear under them. I didn't realize until painting in the outline for this, that the glasses feel so much larger than my face width. They aren't in reality. I let my hands interpret what my mind tells them … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Nine – A Touch More Real

Self-Portrait Project Eight – Unexpected Results

The varnish was getting very muddy from all the dry pastel dust and it was darkening everything on the paper. This could have been very frustrating if I held onto my initial desire to capture the paleness of my Winter face. I was painting this live from my reflection on my phone screen. Before adding … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Eight – Unexpected Results

Self-Portrait Project Seven – Diving Deep Inside

At this point in the explorations, I was feeling a little overwhelmed at how many more I wanted to do. I should say, I let myself get away from the moment of making and lost track of the blank canvas in front of me. I decided to look away from my selfies and look deep … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Seven – Diving Deep Inside

Self-Portrait Six – Remembering Myself Younger with a Pink Denim Jacket

In my early twenties, I was almost always angry at something. My sense of privilege was frankly ridiculous and expressed itself through overcompensation and drama. Well, that sounds terrible. It wasn't a happy time for me. Looking back at photos I did make some interesting style choices, but the self-portrait drawings, which were very few … Continue reading Self-Portrait Six – Remembering Myself Younger with a Pink Denim Jacket

Self-Portrait Project Five – Seeing Myself In the Works of Others

I'm not comparing my skills to the artists who inspire me, but I do feel that my style has grown out of their influence and I give credit and thanks to Modigliani, Roualt, Ensor, Soutine, and Beckmann for filling my heart and soul with light. In pursuing the self-portrait, I decided to follow my process … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Five – Seeing Myself In the Works of Others

Portrait Project Six – Capturing the moment

The photographer in me seeks to capture the briefest moment in time. I seldom do this with portraits. Catching spontaneous moments in people's faces requires stealth, intimacy, and hubris. Well, I think it does. You have to have confidence that you have the right to get up in someone's space and captures a private moment. … Continue reading Portrait Project Six – Capturing the moment

Portrait Project Five – Finding the right combination of isms to ask a question

Cubism is or can be a simple form of expressionism. One can pull in colour combinations from Fauvism; play with minimalism, and still stay inside the concepts of expressionism. For me, there is always one point of reference for what the portrait is trying to say... it's usually in and/or around the eyes. With or … Continue reading Portrait Project Five – Finding the right combination of isms to ask a question

Portrait Project Four – The Essence of Emotion

Boiling down the essence of expressions is an instinct I think most artists resist. We are often trained to focus on detail and realism. Focused observation can reveal hints of emotion and even exact emotions, but so does a photograph. Perhaps, letting go of the real and just allowing the heart to express what it … Continue reading Portrait Project Four – The Essence of Emotion

Portrait Project Three – In Awe of Imperfection

I didn't intentionally start with this pallet, but the first colour down was black, then a rich raw-sienna. It felt like the rest should stay in the earthy tones. Everything from that point forward was umber-like. I added a little teal to one cheek to give a little tension and it ended up all over … Continue reading Portrait Project Three – In Awe of Imperfection