Monday, June 22, 2009

SELF PORTRAIT

David Lobenberg has created a new blog (http://spgloballovein.blogspot.com/). He challenged/invited artists to do self-portraits and send them to him through the month of June and he will post them all to see how artists see themselves. It should be fun and I, bravely/foolishly said I would join in. So I've been working on some things in order to have something good to share by the end of this month.

You've seen this SP on Aquabee paper in graphite.



I went back to it with Sketch n'Wash graphite (you put it down and can blend it out with water) and didn't like it that much (made me look like I had 1/2 a moustache and a beard!), so added up putting some paint on it. It's not a great painting by any means - the Aquabee is meant to have paint put down and left alone and I definitely didn't do that with this one. But it does look like me - somewhat/almost.





Comments welcome - I have until the end of the month to send something in and I'm working on something else that might be better. So let me know what you think of this one.
















7 comments:

laura said...

I very much like the pencil portrait--there's an openness and seriousness in the face and eyes: it's very frank and appealing.
(I have an Aquabee sketchbook too and finds it's just dreadful to paint on!)

soulbrush said...

i don't know you at all R, but that first one is absolutely real, specially round the eyes, well done you, and brave too.

soulbrush said...

i have one that i did of myself a while ago, will also do this...tee hee i love a challenge!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Laura and soulbrush :) I did like the sketch but it's history now! Oh, well. I have another funky one to share...

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I think the graphite work has a stunning feel of smooth skin and gentle personality... and there is no doubt I prefer it to the coloured one that seems a little dirty and I think the eyes are too large and going too far into the sides of your head. Very brave decision to do a SP.

Cindi said...

i think you're doing good!!! i keep thinking i might try this one, but havent passed the thinking step yet.. so you're ahead of me.. good job!!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Joan, for the critique on the painted one (you are right - it looks a bit odd and I should have left the graphite one alone but...gone now).
Cindi, thanks! Not sure it's bravery or just foolishness to think I can do this. Your ego does get in the way and you want to make yourself "pretty," and not just see the shapes of things.