Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Embracing My Selfie!!

Hey everyone,

Week 26 of Life Book 2016 and we had a lesson with the amazing Pam Carricker who showed us how to map a face and create a painterly portrait - of ourselves EEEEKK!!!! We learned how to mix hues, tints and tones of just one coour with black and white.

This was a HUGE struggle for me - firstly because I really don't enjoy looking at pictures of myself, secondly because although Pam made it look easy and fun, the technique did not come naturally to me, and thirdly because I rather unwisely chose to use a smiling picture as my reference.

After about three hours of trying really really hard, I had a tiny tantrum and wiped off all the paint with baby wipes!!! Then I noticed that some of the paint had stayed put on the gessoed background, leaving a kind of shadowy version of my portrait - it said to me "don't give up - you can save me!" so the following evening I had another go at it, adding details back in with water soluble pencils .... and in the end I was really happy with it and glad I didn't chuck it in the bin ...



It's not exactly the most flattering portrait ever painted, but hey! Strangely enough, somehow I can see my Mum in there too .... :o)

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

2 comments:

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

The shading in this is amazing Annie! I didn't even try to make mine realistic or resemble me in any shape or form! I know about those tantrums with the babywipe, LOL! I'm glad I'm not the only one! Glad you didn't give up on it - I think it's wonderful and funny that it reminds you of your mum!

Valerie Thorpe said...

WOW! Annie that is amazing. I am so glad that you didn't give up and so nice that you see your mum in there too. I am loving your art work.