Monday, May 24, 2010

Self Portrait

Just did this last night, white & grey pastel and charcoal on black pastelmat. I've been meaning to try light on dark for a while, great fun. The reference was a photo my wife took one evening while we were in the Atacama, very strong, low sunlight.

I've found that on my last couple of portraits (this one & pedro) that I'm inclined to think less about what I'm doing, the painting just seems to happen somehow, rather enjoyable but don't know if this is a good thing or not as far as the results go...


  1. Lots of character here .. love it!

  2. Thanks Ingrid, more character in the portrait than I've got I reckon...

  3. definitely a good thing, i think, Benco When it feels good and comes easily it's often because it is what one is good at. I really like this portrait - has a great sense of swirling movement, great drama. i'm hooked.