Saturday, May 10, 2008

Self portrait update

Self portrait - 1460
copyright Jeanette Jobson


Self portrait crop
copyright Jeanette Jobson


I've worked on the self portrait version of the 1460 Portrait of a Lady and its a little odd seeing myself thrust back over 500 years in time. I have always had a fascination with history and often wonder what life would be like then. Perhaps for the wealthy it held more appeal than for the average person, but I'm sure without the benefits health care and lifestyle, life would indeed be shorter, no matter what your status.

9 comments:

Teresa Mallen said...

I love your self-portrait. You have done a great job capturing the essence of your expression. I find that it is often this aspect of a portrait that grabs me. It is one of the factors that makes me want to stare at a work for a long time. For me, your piece has that factor.

Now listen woman, do you work fast or what? You are just back from a trip, your 'to do' list for the weekend had enough items for a month or two...Good grief...please tell us that you have a mountain of laundry, an empty refrigerator and you have been surviving off snack bars and coffee... :-)

I am finally getting around to creating a blog list...may I include your address Jeanette?

Katherine Tyrrell said...

This is stunningly good Jeanette - you have more than answered my challenge.

It's also sparked an idea - of which more in my post this Sunday in which this post gets referenced!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Teresa, your words mean a lot to me.

Well, I don't think my 'to do' list will be accomplished in my weekend, but I'll make some inroads into several of the items.

And yes, I have a pile of laundry to do, filled the fridge yesterday, took my Mother for early Mother's Day lunch then came home. Cooking hasn't reared its ugly head yet. I'm living on things out of the freezer because I do huge cooks about once a month then live off the proceeds. :)

Once I get the 'chores' out of the way, I settle down to draw.

Katherine, thanks so much for the inspiration to do this. It has been a learning experience that perhaps everyone needs to tackle now and then. I'll look forward to seeing what you've cooked up on your blog!

Jeanette said...

I forgot, yes of course Teresa, you can add my address to your blog list. :)

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanette, this is wonderful. I have only done a couple of sketches of me for the Scavenger Hunts on wetcanvas and would remove some years from my face along with going back in time. :)

This is very dramatic.

Cathy Gatland said...

This is beautifully done - what an interesting exercise. You look really aristocratic!

Robyn said...

I think you must have been there, Jeanette! This is a wonderful drawing, which doesn't surprise me but certainly delights.

I also love your story of the fox, great drama and the idea to make my own charcoal - I haven't been able to buy vine charcoal locally yet I'm surrounded by vines!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jo. I think you should try a self portrait again, I know you'd enjoy it.

Thank you Cathy. Its quite fun doing this one.

Robyn, I'd love to see one of you in a historial setting...a nice Italian one :)

Try the charcoal, its so so simple to do and I'm sure you can find vine clippings there!

Beverly from Ohio said...

Jeanette, I think you're living in the wrong era! You have a perfect 1460's face! However, wouldn't it have been horrible? No TV, electricity, dishwasher, washing machine, indoor plumbing, etc, etc. No wonder people didn't smile for a portrait!