Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Self-portrait study


I'm planning on experimenting with the different suggested palettes in Suzanne Brooker's Portrait Painting Atelier (book discussed in this post of mine). This is the first one: viridian toned, then a limited palette of viridian, alizarin, raw umber, and lead white. (Raw umber oil paint is very bizarre to me: it feels like painting with lumps of wet dirt...which I guess it is, actually.) It took until it was about halfway done for me to decide not to scrape it, and to keep going; at first, it seemed the palette was going to be impossible...then all of a sudden it began resolving and I'm pleased with it. The likeness is fairly close, though you can see I didn't sketch it out much first. This was about an hour and a half, alla prima with a mirror.



I may have the strangest cat in the world. (I once saw a bumper sticker that said My cat is weirder than yours.) I think he looks like a snake here (no ears).




Another great "found abstract": a wall in Jaipur.


More art on my website: jalapfaff.com

11 comments:

Cathyann said...

Looking very good Jala.... gotta see that book...

bonnieluria said...

Jala- this is so soulful and expressive. I love it. Did you do this with a mirror?

Nice to see how you hop around from pastel to oil with such ease.
The same ease with which Rumi twists like a pretzel.

For a second, I thought that wall in Jaipur was another scraped painting of yours.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

:-) (I love it.)

rahina q.h. said...

you can see the concentration in your face, i like what you have done in this experiment with new colours. raw umber... i love it but it needs some medium and then it behaves beautifully. it's also great for shades of white with a touch of ultramarine blue.

suzanneberry said...

Amazing job! i love the palate and will definitely be checking out that book. Abstract wall are is also very cool. thanks so much.

Yellow said...

It's got such strength to it.

Double "D" said...

So Jala, have you started the other half yet?
Can't wait to see. So far, beautiful.

Gorgeous abstract find.

Caroline said...

Very striking. The colours are really impressive too.

Karen Bruson said...

The colors are looking good to me. We do have green undertones in our skin. Love that crazy cat.

loriann said...

Hi jala! it's interesting to me how the face evolves from the green. self portraits always seem to have an intensity that other paintings don't.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

very cool! I have never used raw umber before, or the limited palette you listed, it looks like something to try :)