Daily Self Portraits: Week 4

My plan for that week was to exploring planes in color with less focus on linear qualities. For some of the works I got inspired by works by Walter Sickert and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for their use of muted and broken colors. I was travelling so I used rather pastels due to space limitations (#23-28). I find those materials quite useful to take with me on the go compared to oil or acrylic paints.

Learnings:

  • I find oil pastels better suited on smoother supports as it easier to blend and ‘move around’ the paint.
  • Using muted and broken colours helps to focus more on form, composition, and mood.
  • Using colour selectively adds to an overall more expressive appeal of the painting.

Plan for next week:

Working more in acrylic and oil, leveraging my learnings, and finding new poses.

 

28: Oil pastels on Bristol paper (42 x 30 cm) – no turp

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #28: Oil pastel on Bristol paper (42x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #28: Oil pastel on Bristol paper (42x30cm)

=> I find painting in oil pastel on smooth surface (Bristol) more fluent, blending marks and color easier. I tend to paint in oil pastels more with linear painting compared to dry pastels. The different viewpoints and the open mouth as a focal point the painting gets a more expressive (strokes and expression) touch. Blending background with positive forms in some areas make the painting for me more coherent.

27: Oil pastels on paper (40 x 30 cm) – no turp

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #27: Oil pastel on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #27: Oil pastel on paper (40x30cm)

=> showing the rougher surface texture of the used acrylic paper support

26: Pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)

as #25 with some inspiration from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (muted broken colors and contrasting tonal values)

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #26: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #26: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

25: Pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)

with some inspiration from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (muted broken colors and contrasting tonal values)

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #25: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #25: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

=> I am satisfied here with the color blots and indicating of tiles in the background constructing with the smoother flesh of the figure

24: Oil pastels on paper (40 x 30 cm) – with use of turp for blending

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #24: Oil pastel on paper (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #24: Oil pastel on paper (40x30cm)

 

23: Dry pastels on PastelCard (40 x 30 cm)

inspired by Walter Sickert – use of muted and broken colours

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #23: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #23: Pastel on PastelCard (40x30cm)

=> I couldn’t resist to apply a bolder, brighter color for the shirt

22: Acrylic on paper (48 x 36 cm)

inspired by Walter Sickert and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye  – muted and broken colors

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #22: Acrylic on paper (48x36cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #22: Acrylic on paper (48x36cm)

  2 comments for “Daily Self Portraits: Week 4

  1. September 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

    deft handling of medium and strong emotional connection; I can see the link more with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye than Sickert. Well done.

    • Stefan
      September 2, 2016 at 5:12 am

      Thank you for your kind words

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