Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Why I Do So Many Self Portraits
Doing self portraits does not always have to be a straight forward portrayal. Rembrandt cast himself as biblical characters and also made a series of etchings displaying different emotions. Sometimes I paint myself looking very angry or serious or laughing, etc.
As funny as this might sound, I've never owned a denim jacket and always wanted one as a teenager. When I finally purchased one for myself I painted a self portrait wearing it. I did the same when my wife gave me a leather jacket as a gift.
Adding props, particular clothing, even making faces make it fun and it also keeps my hand moving as I strive to paint daily.