Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Self Portrait, 2008

Hello! I thought I'd start my blog with a self-portrait, since you may be curious to see who I am. I threw this one onto the canvas at great speed, trying to go for a spontaneous, fresh look to the paint. In fact, I think this one took a grand total of about 3 hours to complete. One reason that I was so speedy was that I had just completed (by my estimation) my 100th portrait, painted from life. After painting so many people in a row, the process becomes much like a golf swing-- it flows quickly, without much thought.

I like this painting because it looks pretty much like me and I think it conveys my personality while I'm painting-- interested, but introspective.
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