Sunday, October 17, 2010

Just me

 
While waiting for some batik pieces to dry, I tried a small self portrait, allowing myself around 30 minutes to get something down.  Setting time limits works for me because it forces me not to overthink.

I wanted the portrait to be stronger in colour and brushwork and used acrylic for quick drying and the fact that I'm simply running out of easel space!

This is 5" x 7" on a reclaimed canvas panel. The view was from the webcam on my laptop, hence the blue tones from the reflected light of the screen.  Is it perfect?  No, far from it.  But the more I work on instinct instead of conscious thought for strokes, the better I become.

10 comments:

Hedera said...

I think perhaps that working on instinct in combination with close observation allows for a "deeper" understanding and interpretation of subject...

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

Jean Spitzer said...

Working on instinct, what a good way to put it; and the painting is lively and strong.

RHCarpenter said...

I should set myself limits in time like you do so no overworking. I like the unfinished look of this and it has a haunting quality to it.

bridget Hunter said...

This is a very expressive, honest portrait - I think. Enjoying looking at it.

tracywall said...

I like how it says just enough to say "just you".

Jeanette said...

I just wrote a long post addressing all of your comments, and Blogger ate it.

Self portraits are a learning experience each and every time. I want to get away from overworking pieces and setting time limitations is one of the ways to do that.

Margaret Bednar said...

It has vibrancy and life about it. The brush strokes are fun - very nice!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Margaret. Its fun to work a little differently sometimes.

Cindy Ellison said...

Love the portrait and the idea of using time limits. I am going to do this, too. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your blog.