18 x 36
Oil on Canvas
Today is the day I install my featured artist show at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. This is one of my favorite pieces in the show. When beginning a painting I usually start with my shadows and darks and then move towards the light. In this piece I began with the face almost stark white and then spent weeks layering on glazes to achieve soft, subtle definition. The process was fun experimentation. I had just watched a you tube video of Da Vinci's work and the process was mentioned. I really had no direction other than the casual mention of the a light base and numerous glazes in the video but I thought I would try anyway. It is supposed to allow the light to travel through the layers to the bright layer underneath and give a luminescent quality. I am pleased with the result and will certainly try it again.
And here is my self portrait again. I just can't seem to let go of it. Every time I walk by I add color and definition to it. I am having fun seeing how many colors I can use and experimenting with brush strokes. It is such a great learning tool for me.