18 February 2008

self

Carbon pencil & watercolor on Arches CP 300 gsm, 14" x 10".

i have been feeling in my occasional vale lately ... loneliness, physical aches, questioning faith, time slowing down, mortality.

a freehand self portrait is a way to "get a grip on myself" and also rebuild painting momentum. nothing better than a self portrait to put me in an "i don't give a damn" attitude about how a painting turns out. also i enjoy breaking down my face into proportions and details; i forget about whatever is bothering me.

the background is quinacridone gold, which is most closely matched in current paints by nickel azomethine. (quinacridone gold pigment, PO49, is no longer manufactured.) the shirt is indanthrone blue, flesh is manganese violet shadows under burnt sienna; eyes are mongrel blue green red with violet irises. touches of gray and phthalo yellow green and quinacridone magenta.

1 comment:

RHCarpenter said...

Daniel Smith still carries quinacridone gold in watercolor. At least it was still available last time I ordered.