Monday, April 27, 2009
The Highlight of My Day
Here is my self portrait of waiting to get my hair done desperately looking for something to draw until I really looked at myself and saw that was the funniest drawing I could do at that moment.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
"The self portrait was the result of one of those occasions when you see a face in the mirror and suddenly realise it's your own! I felt very unwell with an approaching migraine and I thought the pain showed in my expression. With this portrait I think I finally accepted that migraines have and will probably always be a part of my life. As the pain subsides and I can get up and get on with my life, I try to embrace the fact that they force me to stop and appreciate the most important things in life - namely health and family."
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Mixed Up Carol Nelson Self Portrait
Nine Mini Canvases
This is a self portrait I did on nine mini canvases, each 4x4. Each canvas can be moved around. I thought this mixed up version was far more interesting than when they were assembled correctly. I did the portrait for a portrait show where they were going to pick the best ones to be on a calendar. My portrait made the cover! Never thought of myself as a cover girl, but I guess I can say that now.
Here is my self portrait I just finished and actually I'm having my collage class do one like it, too. I found that a self portrait can be many things.
This portrait was a finalist in the Artists and Illustrators Magazine Self Portrait Competition in 2007, and it was published in the UK magazine.
This was painted from life using a mirror in one sitting of about four hours.
Monday, April 20, 2009
It's funny..... I just blogged my self portrait las week. The name of this journal page is Just Me. It is an 8" x10" mixed media journal page. I spoke about how turning forty was a bummer to me but that something unexpected happened....... I found myself. Through the realization of no longer being " young" I discovered who I really was.
Ok- just to show that I can play in more than one sandbox....this is the first actual physical drawing I've done in a couple of years! It's pencil on gray pastel paper. I suppose it's really just a start, but I wanted to play, too!
Self Portrait with Tea
Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper
I set up a photograph to work from for this piece. More recently I began experimenting with creating a self portrait working from a mirror, a task that has proven very challenging. I am now working in oil, pastel, and colored pencil, and I focus on portraits and figurative fine art.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Peggi is a portrait artist specializing in contemporary, expressive portraits of people and pets.
3545 Forest Road
Bethel Park, Pa 15102
Ann Kullberg ( I think of her as the Mother of Colored Pencil Portraits) sent me a link to her Members' Show 2006, because the theme was self portraits.
Go to http://www.annkullberg.com/theme06.php to see these fine paintings.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Welcome. I hope you feel comfortable here and will share your self portraits with the rest of us..... Even the ones you have thrown in the back of your closet or in your basement. I hope to see many submissions to this blog. Seeing each others' self portraits will be not only entertaining, but hopefully we can learn something from each other. All you have to do is email a sharp jpg with a title, size, medium and your name and blog or website address. If you'd like to give some background on the piece, that would be cool. Sorry, no photographs, no digital artwork. Only drawings and paintings.
If you recognize the painting below, you have seen it used as my avatar when I post comments on other artists' blogs. It's just part of the first self portrait I ever did, which was about two years ago. Well, that was the first painted sp. Really the first was a pencil drawing done in about 1972. I'll try to dig that up.