On the 21st of this month, I will be submitting a self portrait painting to the Royal Portrait Society's Annual exhibition. I am finding the task particularly difficult as I don't really find my face that interesting. It is kind of round with eyes that are a little small and a mouth that is thin and uneven. My hair is like straw and my complexion pale. I do not see myself as beautiful or interesting. This may seem harsh, but it is my view of myself.
So with the challenge of a self portrait, I set off thinking about what I wanted to portray without scaring the children. I decided on something simple to get me started. A front on face and shoulders with my hair in the pigtails I wear for cycling to the studio.
|trying to look normal (image reversed to show what I see)|
|Underpainting: Day 1|
|Self Portrait: Day 2|
I am in danger of overworking this so day 3 will be the make or break for this painting. I plan to do some gentle glazes of colour to lift the flatness, then alter the parts that are not quite right.
To be continued...