Yours, Truly -or- A Good Bad Hair Day

There is a long tradition of the artist’s self-portrait.  Tom, my colleague at Old Town Artists, pointed out the benefits of executing one every now-and-then.  That way, I guess, you can look back and track the development of your skills and the decline of your looks at the same time.

I find the self-portrait an advantageous option, since I don’t have to beg myself to sit still for hours to complete the piece.  In other words; the model is ready whenever the artist is.

Self Portrait with Bandana

I started this piece on a sunny day when I didn’t feel like dealing with my hair.  Enter the bandana.  Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the picture that day.  When I came back after work a day or two later, it was night.  The light was now all fluorescent with no discernible source.  I had foolishly trimmed my stubble that morning.  Even worse, my hair looked great!  When does *that* ever happen?  It was styled and completely bandana-free.

Truth be told, I usually try to finish my works without looking at the source material, anyhow.  These final stages are when you can bring the elements of the picture together, and sometimes reality doesn’t make for the most cohesive image.

So, here’s looking at you all!  Next up: I’ll delve into the process that produced this bad-boy!  See you all soon.

This entry was published on January 16, 2012 at 3:01 am. It’s filed under About, Portraits, Watercolors and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Yours, Truly -or- A Good Bad Hair Day

  1. Melanie on said:

    I like this one…and the eyes are my fav part….they are not easy to paint and show such emotion. You inspire me!

    • Thanks for your observations. One of my studio partners, Tom, keeps teasing me that the eyes are jarringly “intense”. I foolishly told him I was going for a slightly playful look. Check out today’s post for a little more background and let me know what you’d like to see in a subsequent self-portrait.

  2. Awesome! Do you take a pic of yourself to go off of, or do you simply look in a mirror while you’re painting? If the latter, how do you hold the expression?

    • I used the mirror method. I am going to go into more detail about the process in my next post – probably tonight. Holding the expression was probably one of the biggest challenges. Well, it’s less about holding the expression, as remembering how to make it again and again.

      Thank you for your questions!

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