Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Acrylic on canvas board - 1 hour 20 mins
I managed to set aside this morning for time in the studio and my time was very productive. As well as starting two small paintings, for a series, I managed another self portrait.
I found a canvas board that had an old sketch in purple acrylic on it and decided to use it as a base colour for today's piece. I then closed my eyes, plunged my hand into my acrylic box and pulled out a colour - 'red iron oxide'. To this I added a 'titanium white' for highlights and a dark 'burnt umber' for darker values. I then placed the mirror in front of me and set about painting directly onto the canvas, feeling my way around my own features with the brush rather than sketching them in first with pencil.
It felt so good to get my acrylic brushes wet again!
In the afternoon I came back into the house to paint my hair.
All of this staring into a mirror studying myself had made me realise how dark my roots had become, so out came the hair colour before I was mistaken for being Cruella D'Evil.
I later touched my roots up on this self portrait too!
Can you tell by this portrait that I bite the inside of my bottom lip when I concentrate? I have, in the past, made it quite sore while sketching and painting.