Monday, 14 January 2008

My ultimate self-portrait

I see myself with dark eyes, maybe even closed eyes, but frowning, concentrating. My hair is wild, as if a hot wind is blowing from beneath, and my lips are tight shut. The background is a deep, dull colour, maybe a flat red with touches of grey. The highlights on my nose, cheeks and eyebrows are delicate and cold, and the shadowed areas are warmer. Now all I need is the technique to carry this off. Note that I didn't say 'talent' because I didn't want to invite a deluge of compliments. Maybe I'll work on this in a series of mediums; inks and pen, marker pen, acrylics and collage, oils (scary thought - oils are too much like 'real' art for me still).
I want the face to be active, as though it's changing through emotions as you look at it, not frozen in time. I want to capture a whole event, rather than just a second's snap shot. I also want it to be emerging from the canvas, as though the canvas is too small for it, and the energy portrayed is trying to get out. Could I paint it with the eyes closed, and yet still capture the dynamics of the emotions?

2 comments:

Bill of Ballaugh said...

Reading comments from others who have perused your blog have pleased me immensely. In admiring your work I'm not just being a doting dad, am I? Sorry about losing your watercolour of St. Cuthbert's cross. I only hope the thief really appreciates what he has stolen.Keep working.

Robin Lassiter Art said...

I just starting thinking about doing some self portraits... finished one. I loved reading about your process.

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