Self portrait, painted over a plein air demo from July, below.
Today I had my painting class with Laurie Wonfor Nolan - I *love* them. It's a great group of artists and the atmosphere is creative, stimulating and energetic. It reminds me of being back in school. It's fascinating what others around you are creating. So in keeping with my theme for these classes of experimenting with painting over used "junk" canvasses and incorporating bits of the old in with the new, I did this self-portrait. It is painted over a quick demo I did in July of hollyhocks.
I had a mirror set up on the easel beside my canvas and the mirror was old, and half of the reflective finish had worn off. In its place was clear glass. A very interesting thing to work with. Before I had painted in too much of the background I decided the hollyhocks and sky would stay. I think it's cool due to the fact that the self-portrait is merged with a plein air painting (as that's what I've been doing for years : )
I did a second piece today and will post it tomorrow.
11" x 14" / acrylic on canvas