Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ANOTHER SELF-PORTRAIT: FUNKY

I took a photo and played with it in my photo program and came up with something that looked like it might be fun to try to paint.

Photo here:



































Painting here -




The painting is on Tyvek that I pretreated by brushing a thin coat of acrylic matte medium over it (so the paint didn't totally bubble up off the tyvek).

There are some things to change:

I don't like the white stripes I used to separate the colors because they seem too strong now, esp. on the right side, so maybe I'll carry the "black" through to the right side of the painting; and I need to shape the face a bit more but maybe it's about right.

What do you think? Love it or hate it? I'm doing anything to keep from doing a traditional self-portrait (out of fear that I can't do it?).

Well, do leave your comments BUT
I'm taking a little driving trip for a few days and will return soon to see what you've posted about this one. Be back soon!

13 comments:

soulbrush said...

tee hee another good one...you look a bit scared though, as if you have just been put behind bars...enjoy the trip.

shicat said...

I love the colors in both the photo and painting. Fun, sort of painter on the verge of....

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Okay, here is what I see...for your face don't change anything, I think this should be perfect for a self-portrait challenge (unless you wanted to use your multicolored hair photo that I painted of you!). I would leave the white window pane look but continue it where you have stopped so it looks like you are painting on glass that is in front of you. It looks like you are in front of the glass right now since the pane lines stop at your shoulders and there are none on your bust. I like the effect of the Tyvec on this, interesting that you pretreated it.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I commented on your previous SP post but its not come up! Did you go on your trip before reading for approval. As for this one, great idea to manipulate the ref image and your rendering of it is masterful.

Lost in wonder said...

Ohmy! I see a lot of posibilities with that photos Rhonda! you are affraid of nothing, go funky!

Angela said...

I think it looks wonderful. Great idea!

Suzanne McDermott said...

This is really cool, Rhonda! No comments on the painting or photo (I don't hate the white stripes) but I must comment on the lens perspective and pose. Brilliant! This is how your paintings see YOU!

Sandy Maudlin said...

The face is exquisite! So intent. So focused. Love where you're going with this. Watch out for the realism police... it's great like it is.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I think it is quite nice. If you put the bars a little closer you could be painting yourself in jail. I bet you would do a fine job on a "regular" self portrait.

Deb Léger said...

great self portrait, Rhonda. Looks very hot with all the reds.

RHCarpenter said...

Well, I was trying for interesting = behind a glass door with my brush looking like I'm painting but...oh well...!! ha ha
Thanks, Cathy, I liked the wilder one and the graphite (but the graphite is long gone although I could send that one to the SP challenge).
Susan, I see what you mean about the lines :)
Thanks so much, Joan, Angela, Teresa, Suzanne, Bill, Deb and Sandy! Hey, I should go away more often - it's fun to come back to so many comments (no computer with me on the trip and it would have melted anyway!!).

Kathy Wirth said...

I like this Rhonda - good job!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Kathy. I need to see what you've been up to since starting your blog as soon as I can catch up.