Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

In preparation for an upcoming challenge to paint a self-portrait as "the artist"... yes, that's the entire description of the challenge... to paint myself as "the artists". We were given no other direct hints, but we were given an introductory challenge: paint a self-portrait in the style of a specific artist, or paint a favourite … Continue reading Self-portrait project – Inspired by Anastasiya Kimchenko

Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

I needed to step away from the other ways of painting so far and I felt I hadn't yet explored dabbing the paint onto the canvas, nor had I dived into a monochrome portrait. The former, because I didn't want to destroy my brushes, which is what tends to happen when one grinds the bristles … Continue reading Self-portrait project Seventeen (Part d) – Me, By Contrast

Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part c) – Is It Strange That…

... I like the early steps so much. What does it say that I feel so much satisfaction from the results I'm getting in the earliest steps that I wonder if it is ok to stop here? The digital image is far more raw looking than the live one, in that it shows the details … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project – Sixteen (Part c) – Is It Strange That…

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Back to the struggle of what colour does the shirt need to be... I painted it light grey, added pink all over it, then considered unbleached titanium... only to then consider just making it black. I could add highlights after if I wanted. Before this point, I was also wondering if I should add a … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part d) – The Simplest Solution Often Works Best

Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

The hair was the easiest choice... almost. I wanted a flat black and decided to do a base of Mars Black with a little Paynes Grey over it. I had contemplated adding some light grey highlights (perhaps an unnecessary touch of reality). The glass were the blues in my own glass - also an easy … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fifteen (Part c) – Struggling with Colours

Self-Portrait Project Eleven – Inside My Head, I’m Handsome

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 … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Eleven – Inside My Head, I’m Handsome

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