Daily Self-Portraits: Week 5

Plan for this week: in oil and acrylic, leverage my self portrait learnings, new poses

Learnings:

  • with a coloured ground, still wet scratching is another way to build shapes (reminds me at the scratch works at school time in oil pastels, black overpainting over coloured spots)
  • Luminosity: based on strong tonal contrasts or by multiple transparent layers
  • Concept: Mirror reflection -> image -> picture in a picture

Plan for next week:

  • Further exploration in context, different viewpoints, working in oil

35: Acrylic on paper (48 x 36 cm):

inspired by Kaye Donachie  – limited palette and working on luminosity

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #35: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #35: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

34: Acrylic on paper (48 x 36 cm):

inspired by Kaye Donachie – limited palette and working on tonal contrast in flat areas

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #34: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #34: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

33: Gouache on Bristol paper  (40 x 30 cm):

inspired by Kaye Donachie. Painting done in hotel.

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #33: Gouache on Bristol paper (42x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #33: Gouache on Bristol paper (42x30cm)

=> Quick sketch on paper: in the mirror – idea of multiple layers of reality (for further exploration)

32: Pastels on PastelCard (30 x 40 cm):

Painting done in hotel

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #32: Pastels on PastelCard (40x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #32: Pastels on PastelCard (40x30cm)

=> Is it an image in a mirror or an image on a wall? What is reality? For me to think and explore further. Overall for me a strange painting and unbalanced composition. Perhaps too early in the morning.

31: Acrylic on primed acrylic paper (48 x 36 cm):

Paper prepared with a middle tone brown made from Azo red, Ultramarine, Azo Yellow and Titane white.

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #31: Acrylic on acrylic paper (41x30cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #31: Acrylic on acrylic paper (41x30cm)

=> I feel that this painting is one of the more coherent daily ones. Monochrome in color but intriguing in expression.

30: Acrylic on primed paper (41 x 30 cm):

Paper prepared with a middle tone mix of blue, red, yellow, and white

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #30: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #30: Acrylic on acrylic paper (48x36cm)

=> I started with the background and continued with scratch marks to identify shapes and following with transparent layers for form and atmosphere perception.

29: Oil sticks on oil paper (48 x 36 cm):

Oil sticks and turp with addition of Titan white from the tube

Stefan513593 - daily self-portrait #29: Oil sticks on oil paper (48x36cm)

Stefan513593 – daily self-portrait #29: Oil sticks on oil paper (48x36cm)

=> A painting that I felt started right but went odd. Especially the left side is out of composition for me.

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