Saturday, May 05, 2012
May Self portrait
I don't know why I decided to do a self portrait this morning, it just seemed to fall into place. Its been awhile since I did one and time has a way of improving technique - and altering the subject matter too. Creating the planes of a face is always interesting and trying to match colours to shapes even more so to make a 2 dimensional image breathe life. Self portraits are such good learning experiences
So here is the portrait as it currently sits. There is still lots of work to do on it to refine it further. The mouth is making me crazy, it just won't do what I want it to do, but I'll keep modelling it until it submits. The whole piece a is pretty high key right now and I want to increase the shadow as the lighting for this is fairly strong, with that bright light coming from the right.
Its worth tweaking it til I get to where I want it to be, but not over tweaking so that it still has that 'painterly' look to it and isn't too stiff or contrived.
This is on a 10" x 10" panel in oils.
Tomorrow the local art group that I am involved with will hold a one day exhibition and sale of small works. For some strange reason I'm not running around like a mad thing tonight finishing up loose ends and all stressed. That probably means that I've forgotten something major!
The exhibition will be held at Admiralty House, 365 Old Placentia Road, Mount Pearl and will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm. Lots of original work, super affordable prices, and nothing larger than 8 x 10. Do drop by if you want to escape the fog and cool breezes, I'd love to say hello and share some of my work with you.