Here is my second self-portrait that I did last weekend, this time inspired by Alice Neel:
It's another 9 x 12" oil painting. I have always admired Neel's portraits for their rawness and seeming effortlessness. Neel makes her portraits by having the sitter sit in a chair for a long period of time until they move into their most natural sitting position. I thought in order to express what I really look like, I could depict my terrible posture when I am sitting on a stool painting for a long time. I started out with a heavy blue outline from sketches I did of myself, exaggerating the curves and length of the body, and added light washes of color to complete it. I think it is a fairly good likeness, especially since this is a challenge for me. I don't ever do portraits! I had fun painting this because it was loose and free, and it didn't take more than a couple of hours. Stay tuned for the third self-portrait I completed this weekend.