I painted a self-portrait that actually looks like me! I have done many sketches, but none that quite captured my features. For this exercise, I started with a photo that I blended with a Cezanne painting in an app called Dreamscope.
Then I painted the acrylic self-portrait using the above image as a reference.
I didn’t quite capture my hint of a smile, but, at least the features are in the right place! I really love how the scarf came out – it captures the knit quality. I also like the background, and the way the colors are repeated in the face.
Since January, I have been playing more with abstracts. I am taking an online class with Jane Davies called “100 Drawings on Cheap Paper”. We are actually painting rather than drawing, and I am doing anywhere from 6-10 pieces a week, for 10 weeks. So not quite 100, but I am pleased with the progress. Here are three from this week:
These are each 9×12 inches. The goal this week was to have small active/busy areas with a greater proportion of calm/quiet areas. I love the colors and the contrast in each of these. I am papering a wall in my studio with some of the paintings. Most are studies rather than finished pieces. That is why I enjoyed this week’s exercises – we were able to actually create completed works.
I am busy getting ready for a Passageways Studio Open House on April 1 (2-5pm), so I have been cleaning up and re-organizing the studio. I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful space in which to spend time creating! I will post pictures once it is presentable.