Here is one of the 3 self-portraits I completed this weekend. They are all 9 x 12" oil paintings, inspired by a famous artist. This one is inspired by Edvard Munch, specifically, his painting, The Voice. I used Munch's painting and changed the landscape to one that has significance for me, Old Lyme, Connecticut, with views of the Long Island Sound.
I like Munch's style, how he makes his figures look like skeletons, and the way the landscape is Expressionistic and dreamy. Using this one for my self-portrait was a choice so that I could show the intuitive-side of my personality, using the landscape from my memories. This landscape is a place I retreat to in my mind to ground me. Those nights spent walking alone on the beach are some of my most contemplative and relaxing moments. Also, the figure resembles the character I once was in a play, another strong part of my memory. This was definitely an interesting project to undertake. I like the smaller-format of these paintings because it was easier to work on in small spurts of time.