And I am! I'm calling myself out on the carpet. I've got a handful of mirrors in my apartment and don't take advantage of what is right in front of me. Which is why I'm fired up about getting people to do more self-portraits–including myself. Self-portraiture is an intimate and fruitful genre for any artist to explore because it gives a sense of who the artist is at a certain time and place and captures that moment forever. And self-portrait painting allows us to work through challenges and creative ideas about painting and drawing without feeling held hostage or tied to a model that can up and leave.
And right now we are running a self-portraiture competition that I sooooo want all of you to be part of. I consider dozens and dozens of you to be friends and close acquaintances, and we've talked about our mutual love of art, and now I want to "meet" you–through your self-portraits. That's why I really hope you will all join in my self-portrait painting push. It's a great and exciting opportunity. So sign up now!
|Self-Portrait by Martha Erlebacher,
oil on canvas, 17 x 14, 1992.
|Self-Portrait by Rembrandt, oil painting, 1661.||Homage to Gretchen Rogers by Gabriela
Gonzalez Dellosso, oil on linen, 16 x 12.