Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This painting is a 3'x4' self portrait on canvas from life. I painted it in the studio at the school in a very large mirror on the wall. This painting took over 3 weeks to complete because I had to wait each night until the studio was completely empty to be able to have the lighting where I needed it to be. All in all I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I approached it differently than most paintings I do, first because of the size, second because I couldn't work the entire painting while it was still wet. This ended up being a pretty big challenge and a lot of swear words were directed towards this painting but in the end it came together. I liked the idea of painting myself doing a painting of myself. You learn quite a bit about yourself as when you stare in a mirror at all the details for hours and hours on end. It was an awesome experience that I plan on repeating.
Doug, if you read this, I'm not gonna lie. I freaking nailed the color and value in this painting. Just putting your wisdom to use!
This painting was done for the Midway Plein Air competition and then later submitted in to the Peach Days Art Competition where it took 1st place in the oil painting category. This particular painting was a lot of fun for me because I was painting with my friend Matt Larson. I was painting this scene while Matt was painting me painting this scene(put that in your pipe and smoke it). Oh yeah, and we were both getting completely drenched in rain the entire time. It was a pretty crazy experience.