So I don’t know why I did this today. I even bought a beautiful posey of pink roses I wanted to paint after lunch. This was so difficult! It narrowly escaped me swiping it with turps and a rag. If not for the challenge, I probably would have. Either that, or at least have waited to work on it again tomorrow. I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and the light was coming in from the room next to it…so I thought I’d try it again. I couldn’t see myself as well since the mirror was farther away…making it really hard to see what the heck my lips looked like…but I thought it would force me to be more painterly…Yeah, right…I do like the strong light…I think I should give it a rest though and come back to do another one in a week or so.
I guess I like a challenge. I was listening to a video about learning self love through “mirror work” and since I’m feeling like I need a little more of that, what better mirror work than another self portrait? The light was low so I used the daylight from the window and an overhead electric light in the narrow space I did this in. I tried to be a little more careful with the drawing this time too. I wish I could do one head on but there really isn’t room for the easel right now at that angle. Anyway, it was engaging and maybe I will do another one or two before the month ends. One a week might be a good plan. Do you remember the one from last week? Which one do you prefer and why?
I like to paint a self portrait on my birthday or other auspicious days like New Years. I gave my students the assignment for their final and thought I’d join in. Then I thought “I really should do this more often (like every day)” but haven’t gotten to it just yet. I’m finally posting this at least–it’s from last Thursday, May 28!
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I was working on this while listening to a webinar on creating WordPress sites. Then, even though I could have kept going, I ran off to a “free” portrait demo in my neighborhood. I knew the artist but he didn’t acknowledge me and really I could kick myself for not just staying home and continuing to work on my own. This is so different from the self portrait I did just about 8 months ago on my birthday. I may try another one before this challenge is over.
This is the last portrait of the visit with my father. We took him to the airport Friday. He’s a great model. Too bad he’s so far away. We miss you, Dad!
It’s cloudy and cold so we set up indoors today. They keep growing in size. Too bad he’s leaving soon or we could work up to 6 feet.
My father sat for me again in a dark green turtleneck. I sent my brother the image from the last post and this one and he said they captured different sides of him. I think the next ones will have to be indoor lighting as rain is pretty much guaranteed for the next couple days.
My father turns out to be a terrific model. He didn’t move the entire time I was working on this. I may have to keep him here. Maybe overly optimistic naming this “One” when it is threatening to rain here soon. It’s sunny today, but I have to leave for work soon. I’m definitely going to try to capture him again before he heads home.