Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Self Portrait

"It is bad enough to be condemned to drag around this image in which nature has imprisoned me. Why should I consent to the perpetuation of the image of this image?" ~ Plotinus (on being asked to sit for a portrait)

There has been a long tradition of painters painting self portraits, but this is a first for me and something I was hesitant to do. I'm comfortable behind a camera but never in front, so this exercise was like being on the red carpet during a paparazzi feeding frenzy. However, I would be a hypocrite if I did not venture beyond my comfort zone from time-to-time. Its possible I may never do a self portrait again, but you never know. Many painters seem to do it annually to have a record of their progress.

Self - Oil on Linen Panel 9" x 12"

I found so many good quotes regarding the subject, it was difficult in deciding which to use for this post. I've included a few more below:

"Self-portraiture is a singular in-turned art. Something eerie lurks in its fingering of the edge between seer and seen." ~ Julian Bell

"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best." ~ Frida Kahlo

"I loathe my own face, and I've done self-portraits because I've had nobody else to do." ~ Francis Bacon

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