Here's my latest self-portrait. It's done from a small candle mirror I inserted into the landscape. In keeping with my latest self-portraits, it's as much an image of my reflection as it is of myself. Highlighting the perceptual here-and-now nature of working from life, the mirror serves to remind the viewer of the presence of the painter both behind the work and within the landscape. I'm excited about pursuing this idea further. I plan on spending the next semester working on larger scale self-portraits in the landscape, painting fewer works but pouring more time into each.
Shown below are some earlier states...
This work references my interest in painting's potential as an archive a bit more obliquely. This is my second painting to feature a pickle jar, a container meant to preserve life. Paintings can be seen as such- containers that preserve both life and experience. Shown below are the set up and an earlier state.
Been awhile since I updated the ol' blog, so here's what I've been up to the last month or two. Did another self-portrait in the blue mirror, again showing myself in the act of painting. I wanted this to function more as an archive of marks and decisions, so I've let some of the earlier layers remain untouched.