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Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Self Portrait at 34" Completed

"Self Portrait at 34", miniature portrait (shown @ actual size, 3 3/4" x 3") egg tempera on
Kelmscott vellum

Reference picture I took myself utilizing the self-timer on my camera, at age 34

Here is my completed self-portrait at age 34, and in this instance I thought it would be fun to show you my reference photo, since it is an old picture, although I'll leave it's actual age, vague.......... :-)

It was so much fun to go back in time with this self-portrait! The challenges I enjoyed in painting this entailed articulating the details of the rhinestone necklace at 1/6th of life size miniature scale, and also to see how well I could develop the values and colors from lightest lights to darkest darks, by using many thin translucent layers of alternating warm and cool colors glazed and scumbled on with egg tempera.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Miniature Self Portrait in Progress

"Self Portrait at 34" (in progress), egg tempera miniature painting on Kelmscott vellum

I'm really enjoying the challenge of working on this miniature portrait of myself when I was 34, painting it from my own photos which were taken with the self-timer on my camera back then.  I had fun posing in one of my all-time favorite wardrobe items, a black velvet cocktail dress.  This is shown approximately same-size as the art, so the tricky part will be to see if I can adequately articulate in paint at miniature portrait scale (1/6th of life size) the details of the rhinestone necklace I was wearing.  

Sunday, September 12, 2010


"Sandra", 22" x 19", pastel on La Carte pastel board (click the images twice to see them larger)

"Sandra" detail

I may tweak this a little more here and there for it's details, but here is the finished portrait of Sandra.