This is only the second self-portrait I have attempted. I have to give credit to the photographer here, who was with me on an outing to Weeki Wachee; Chris Coad Taylor wanted to take pictures of me that day, as I was wearing a rather exotic hat. So I recycled the photo into this pastel and it is not as bad as I thought the first one was, which I did in the 70s sometime.
I have been rummaging through various Internet websites and I’m astonished at how many artists painted themselves. A few, like Rembrandt, over and over from when he was quite young to when he was very old. I think we don’t do that because we have photographic records of ourselves today…millions, maybe billions of images. Most of the Impressionists did self portraits and it is quite interesting to look at the painting, and then at various photos of them.
It seems very creepy to paint yourself! I don’t really have much interest in “looking good” with makeup and hairstyles, but one’s own face, studied and restudied in a painting is quite an intriguing exercise and perhaps I’ll try it again, because in the end it wasn’t so bad to do it. I found myself becoming completely objective about my face, as if it wasn’t even me, And that is probably a good thing in the end.