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 Fourteen – Product of a Welcome Distraction

I knew I had to give in and work with my brushes and acrylics for the class, so I dove in and started with a suggestion the teacher gave us... use washes. Frankly, I believe I only have half an understanding of this technique and my level of patience in working the slow build-up of … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Fourteen – Product of a Welcome Distraction

Self-Portrait Project Thirteen – I just don’t see myself this way

I took a little more scientific approach to paint this one and tried to show how wide my (now 53-year-old) face has become. I tried to render my features a little more proportionately. Somethings are more accurate, but it just doesn't feel like me. I just don't see myself, nor my place in this universe … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Thirteen – I just don’t see myself this way

Self-Portrait Project Twelve – I’m liking my Covid-crazy-hair

Stuck in the house most of the time and wearing hats going out for groceries and such, I just don't have anyone to impress with well-combed hair. My hair is nowhere as crazy-cool as Tom Waits', but it has some freedom to it. I took an old profile picture to paint from with this and … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Twelve – I’m liking my Covid-crazy-hair

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