Art Pearls

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“I am listening”

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I am my own worst critic which becomes obvious when I say I am not too thrilled with this self-portrait. I must honestly say I have tried, really tried my best and this is what I finally get. A high-key, bland version of my portrait. I put several glazes to build the skin tone taking care not to muddy the colors underneath. Finally when it reached this stage, I pulled myself to stop.  I used Quin. Burnt Orange for skin tone instead of mixing my own skin colors. The drawback is that Quin. BO can be easily lifted off. So the glazes have to be laid carefully. I did this painting very tightly with lots of control over the washes. Personally I love to do portraits in bold colors and very loosely but this is the only way I know how to do. Maybe I never dared to find out how it is to paint very loosely.

I  am planning to submit this painting for David Lobenberg’s  Self Portrait Global Love In . The deadline is September 12 so I have got plenty of time to change my mind and submit a different painting if I have another one ready in the meantime.

“I am listening”
9 by 12 inches on 140# cp watercolor paper

Portrait #25

Written by artpearls

July 24, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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