Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Self Expression



I recently completed another self-portrait in oil, shown here. I find it very convenient to use myself for a subject not only because I can take unlimited photographs, but also because I can use a mirror to check skin tones and see what the camera missed.

For this piece, I set up a camera using the timer to take several photos of myself set against a mostly white background. I wanted to create a feeling of being overwhelmed or desiring to hide in one's surroundings, and decided to call the final piece "Eclipse".

12 comments:

Artman2112 said...

that's nice work Holly! it's too bad i dont specialise in short shaved head guys in my art otherwise i could use myself as a model like you do...oh well...*sigh* ;)

Bruce said...

Your new work here is really nice. So glad to see it.

Arti said...

WOw! Simply beautiful.Great light and shade effect on the face.

rahina q.h. said...

excellent use of a limited pallete and great expression and detail in the hand. thank you for sharing the process Holly.

Mommy with Crayons said...

For a second I thought I could see the light and shadows from window blinds on the wall behind you and now i can't tell if I imagined them or not!

Teresa Mallen said...

A truly fabulous piece Holly! As a portrait, the details are fantastic, there is tremendous use of colour and yes, definitely a 'mood' piece - very captivating!! Congrats - well done!!!

hbedrosian said...

Thank you all for your comments! I'm doing a similar piece now, but in colored pencil.

Ana Márquez said...

Fantastic. Your eyes are very beautiful. It's a good work. Greentings from Spain :-)

Sophie said...

That's just beautiful! Great piece.

Peggi Habets said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous. Great self portrait.

Debbi said...

Very interesting piece with your image and all the shades of white, Holly. The intensity of your gaze is incredible. The detailing in the face is lovely - I really like the nose, for instance. It's funny, because this piece is so different in reality from how I pictured it when you described it to me. You know what I mean, right? Can't wait to see your colored pencil sp.

Bhavna said...

It is excellent. The mood, the realism, the composition - all beautiful!