Self (portrait)

Inspired by this month’s Creative Every Day theme, self, I decided to start a new self portrait today. Can you tell what kind of mood I’m in?

I’ve done tons of self portraits, my whole life long. I like making portraits, and I’m always the most available subject. I’m doing this one (like most of my self portraits) by looking in a mirror. I like working from life when I get the chance.

I actually try to curtail the number of self portrait paintings I do, because they are pretty unsellable (and ungiftable). Not that I only do art to be able to sell it, but I have to sell things in order to have room to produce more. And who wants to live in an apartment full of self portraits? That’d be a little creepy. So would giving people portraits of myself as gifts… so yeah, I try to focus on other things. But I’m enjoying this chance to revisit my oldest subject.

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7 Responses to “Self (portrait)”

  1. Cheryl says:

    I have yet to master the self portrait but I love yours. You have a very interesting skin tone ;-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jul says:

    Thanks, Cheryl. Almost all self-portraits start with me having green hair and orange skin… not sure why. :)

  3. I love the mix of colours.
    I'd like to be able to crate portraits in acrylics as well as you do.

  4. Jul says:

    Thanks, Beverley. :) I prefer oil to acrylics, but since my studio is in my apartment, I'm trying to stick to mostly acrylic. Even the 'odorless' oil mediums tend to stink the place up…

  5. Leah says:

    Beautiful!! You look a little concerned or sad in the portrait, but I'm not sure if that's just from looking at yourself in the mirror or if reflects how you feel. I always look like I'm concentrating hard in my self-portraits. lol.

    And yes, I got a giggle out of imagining you in an apartment filled with self-portraits. :-) But it is nice to work from life and we are our most available subjects!!

  6. M.M.E. says:

    Interesting choice of color palette. Nice to meet another fine artist.

  7. Jul says:

    Leah – sounds like a wacky villain character in a movie, some vain crazy person who surrounds themselves with portraits, ah ha ha ha.

    MME – thanks for stopping by!

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