Thursday, May 24, 2007

And now for something completely different...

I'm still trying to learn to paint. Being the way I am, I naturally think the way to go about this is a self-portrait. Why? Because I photograph badly, of course.

Lissy from the North End knitting circle asked me to post the progress shots I've been taking, so here they are. They photographed more yellow than they really are. Remember, I'm still learning! Be sure to cut me some artistic slack.

Day 1: I did an underpainting, and forgot to photograph it.
Day 2: Adding color to my underpainting. It doesn't look much like me, I admit, but I wasn't ready to slit my wrists just yet.
Day 3: More color, fleshing in the background and my clothes. Doesn't look like me, but whoever it is, they're angry. It's probably because the mirror I'm holding is heavy. (Hey, maybe that's why my wrist hurts, not the knitting?!?)
Day 4: Looks a bit more like me, as in, how I wish I looked. The neck and body is a major problem, esp. since I've decided to put my brown sweater in the painting. My hair is not really present - I'm saving it for later - so the head is not balanced. There's still a way to go.

And that's it for now. Let me know if you want me to post the next stage when it happens.


Carrie K said...

Yes. I want you to post the next stage. It looks like you as in it definitely resembles the pictures you've posted of you, if that's at all helpful. (Probably not. Alas)

Lissy said...

What a fantastic way to witness the process. I'm so glad you decided to photograph it as you go along.

It's turning out really well. And it's very good considering you're doing it a la Norman Rockwell and have to keep peering into a mirror to see your face. That's like knitting a fair isle sweater on straights instead of in the round!

Brava! Please keep posting updates.