Daily Self-Portraits: Week 1

This is my start with daily paintings of myself. Without prep drawing painting directly and immediately on the supports. Using paint and brushes, spatula or at times other tools.

I kept quite an open and experimental approach this week. Just enjoying working with paint and my tools and see what results is coming out. At times I tried in the context of project 1 to look deeper at linear qualities and some aspects of tone. I did not bother too much about accurate forms though. I restricted myself to a limited palette, with rather saturated and later more broken colors.

Learnings:

  • I enjoyed very much this week with daily painting for the human figure (self-portrait) besides the course work. I feel that I can build more on this.
  • To avoid planning ahead and working directly on support with paint makes my approach more spontaneous and looser. My constant interrogation with the material, the support and the subject was quite enjoyable.
  • I felt I am more successful when I place the premixed paint directly on the support without modulating it further to adjust tonal values.
  • I feel that contrasts on human figure and negative space makes the image more appealing
  • I felt it easier going to work loose and spontaneous with acrylic or ink. To work in oil needs more practice as I was no happy with the consistency of my premixed paints.

Plan for next week:

Contextual paintings linked to suggested artists from tutor’s feedback. Perhaps one artist per week? Or one aspect per week?

All paintings on 40×30 cm acrylic paper. Last one at the top

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #7: oil on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #7: oil on paper (40x30cm)

=> reminds me of Paul Gauguin

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #6: acrylic on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #6: acrylic on paper (40x30cm)

 

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #5: acrylic paint on prepared paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #5: acrylic paint on prepared paper (40x30cm)

 

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #4: ink on prepared paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #4: ink on prepared paper (40x30cm)

 

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #3: acrylic paint on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #3: acrylic paint on paper (40x30cm)

 

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #2: acrylic paint on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #2: acrylic paint on paper (40x30cm)

 

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #1: ink - with dripper and tissue on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #1: ink – with dripper and tissue on paper (40x30cm)

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