View Full Version : Self portrait - study # 1

01-09-2005, 06:31 AM
Just started a self portrait- what do you think? I've used black artline pen and pastel . Would like to develop into a big work using oils (possibly layering with washes first and then see what happens next)
Cheers Kim
used b/w photo and mirror as a reference


01-11-2005, 01:05 AM
Well here's a start. Any comments welcome. Size 35" x 47". Oil on canvas.
Cheers Kim :wave:



01-11-2005, 06:03 PM
Mmm, got up this morning and had a hard look at this. Certainly a departure for me and I feel in my bones this one is going to be an adventure! It already is.
Cheers Kim :wave:

01-12-2005, 05:11 AM
Hi Kim, Yes this looks like a real challenge. especially your head in that position. You are doing a great job so far. I like the direction this is going. :)

01-12-2005, 06:02 AM
Thanks Lisa for the comment. It IS a challenge, but I believe ART is stepping outside one's boundaries. Life is "a roller coaster". I have ( just have) to take the the highs and the lows otherwise I wouldn't be here and I wouldn't be a painter. This portrait's a good one - lots of highs at the moment - not too many lows. Thank you for your comment - this self portrait is my third in 3 years and this one means an awful lot to me! I appreciate you stopping by. Here's my next stage - an Archibald entry in the making! My Mum's already titled it :
"High Brow"
Cheers Kim :D


Have used cadmium yellow, burnt umber, viridian hue with pure gum turpentine as well as copious amounts of scotch (chivas regal) and cigarettes! :D

01-12-2005, 05:33 PM
Mmmm a bit puzzled here - think I might start on the background today as the green is throwng me off a bit. Any C & C's welcome.
Cheers Kim

01-12-2005, 11:26 PM
as well as copious amounts of scotch (chivas regal) and cigarettes! :D

Of course, this missing ingredients! I wondered what I was missing... i'm doing a self protrait myself and something was wrong but I couldnt put my finger on it. Think I'll hit the rum.

It's looking good so far. Interesting to see how others work and is a learning curve for me. I too am wearing black, but isn't much light around so I don't know whether to change that or not.

01-13-2005, 01:47 AM
Quote: Posted by Fejoa
...."Think I'll hit the rum."'....

Thanks for the comments Fejoa! LOL. Think I've hit the bottom of the roller coaster here. :crying: Here's 2 new pics - think I've overworked the painting's left side face. Viewed in the mirror as well but still not happy - have darkened the right side background as the turqoise is shouting at me!!!
Might try a bottle of wine tonight ha ha. At least it will look better to me ( I suppose I could try putting my glasses on!)
Cheers Kim :wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-archibald_-_latest_-_turquoise_back.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-archibald_mirror_image.JPG

01-13-2005, 01:48 AM
Oops! sorry still getting used to this computer and "Posting" Trying to get a quote in and think I messed up!! :eek: Heeelp! :o

01-13-2005, 06:22 AM
Well I think the dark background is better-still working on that lousy cheek though! (looks a bit like a raw steak). Got to fix up the right eye colour - too much green in the iris. Ah weell tomorrow is another day!
Cheers Kim


01-13-2005, 07:06 PM
Still working on that flaming cheek!! I'm posting the photo reference for anyone to comment on. I think I might start another one - cropped version as I'm not really happy with the overall composition. Ah the joys of self reflection. Why do I do these self portraits???? :evil:Much rather paint my kids but I'm restricted to either a self portrait (for this big comp) or some famous australian - any famous australians out there??? :D
Cheers Kim

01-13-2005, 11:49 PM
Been sitting on the computer for 1/2 a day working on a crop for this painting. Here are some of them. Any suggestions more than welcome.
Cheers Kim
p s Looking at using one of these crops for a new self portrait as I'm not sure where to go on the original one. My eye is being led straight down the left throat and out the bottom of the painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-crop_1.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-crop_2.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-crop_3.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2005/54304-crop_4.JPG

The 3rd crop is an idea I've had for years - a painting of me painting a portrait of me!!! ps I hope I'm not taking up too much space here with my ramblings ( and photos) but this is like having a personal journal. Diary of a mad artist and all that!! :D :D

01-14-2005, 03:44 AM
Hi Kim :wave: I am really enjoying this Thread.
The self portrait is turning out beautifully, In my opinion, You have fixed that right cheek fine. BTW, I love the colour of your eyes too (real photo). You need to add some of those nice dark eyelashes on your painting.. :D
The hair is superb. I do like everything about this style of self portrait. The skin tones and colour palette is very fitting.
You know I really like that turquoise background too. It made it very cool :cool: with your technique. The brownish red background is very good too, but makes the painting more serious somehow, if you know what I mean..
By your last post, it is my understanding you want to do another one. Or do you want to crop this one. I would not crop this one. It is really good.
If you try another, I like the first one..with the neck. I like how you did the nice long neck...The last one is good too. But i prefer seeing the neck and parts of your upper body with the blouse..
Oh and tell your mom the title High Brows is great. Maybe she came name a few of my paintings...LOL

01-14-2005, 07:09 AM
Thanks Lisa for all your comments. I have been working on the original portrait today and will probably post tomorrow. Ah yes I will put the eyelashes in (hadn't even noticed them - too carried away with the big picture.) I agree with your choice on the crops. Think I will try that 1st cropped version for a new painting. Who knows it might end up a diptych or even a triptych..LOL
Cheers Kim
ps my Mum said thanks for the compliment. :wave:

~*Carpe Diem*~
01-14-2005, 01:44 PM
Looking good laketrees. I didn't realise the painting was so large until I see the picture of you painting it and get the idea of the scale of the work. Now I know why it's so difficult doing the eyes on my painting. (This is fejoa-change of name. I thought I'd use the name I use on other boards).

01-14-2005, 04:20 PM
This is a larger than life portrait Fejoa (Carpe). Framing them is always awfully expensive! Worked on the whole painting last night - worked on the neck and the raw steak cheek! Haven't got around to those eyelashes yet Lisa-ah teeth and eyelashes - not my favourites! That's probably why all my self portraits are so serious LOL
Cheers Kim

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2005/54304-archie_long_distance.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jan-2005/54304-archibald__saturday.JPG

Mmmm what do you think????

01-15-2005, 03:33 AM
Hey Kim Looking Super, Yeah !
WOW, I did not realize it the painting was that big either.
I like that light part you added to the neck and more colour to the blouse.
You work fast.
Curious, How long have you been working now on this portrait since beginning to now?

01-15-2005, 08:08 PM
Thanks Lisa for your comments. I'm quite tempted at this stage to put the turqoise back into the background.I think it is a bit too sombre for me too! Ah well back to the easel.
Cheers Kim
ps started this portrait on the 9th Jan -about 25 hrs of painting time so far:wave:

01-16-2005, 01:07 AM
Well here's the latest version. Comments and any suggestions welcome. Sorry bit of flash on the neck.
Cheers Kim


01-16-2005, 05:28 AM
More work on hair and face - neck still needs work - using naples yellow for highlights.


01-16-2005, 08:21 AM

01-17-2005, 06:01 AM
Hey Kim, Super WORK Bravo :clap:
I do like the tourquoise back ground much better ;)

01-17-2005, 08:42 AM
Thanks Gilberte for the applause.
Lisa - Thanks for the comments. I just had to go back to a dark background. I couldn't face the turquoise. When I painted the shirt in cream it really clashed with the background. I call it musical backgrounds at the moment.
Cheers Kim :music:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2005/54304-archie_monday_black_background.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2005/54304-archie_sunday_close.JPG

I've put the two in side by side to compare them. Oh and have got the eyelashes in now. :wink2:

01-17-2005, 09:56 AM
Hi Kim, yes you are doing some musical backgrounds...I admire your patience and hard work...
Stick with the dark background, it looks very good. The shirt is better with that one.
Yes, I saw the eyelashes..They are just super...you did a good job and I know you said you dont like doing them... :D :evil:

~*Carpe Diem*~
01-19-2005, 09:49 PM
What are all the colors that you used for skin tones? Thanks. It looks great with the black background.

01-19-2005, 10:20 PM
Thanks Lisa. :confused: I thought I had finished but at the moment one eye has been rubbed out! Oh well I'll take my own advice and turn it to the wall for a couple of days.
Hi Carpe - I used viridian green hue as a wash then a mixture of burnt umber, yellow ochre.cadmium red, australian red gold, naples yellow and a little bit of cobalt violet hue, mars black,zinc white and raw sienna (A.S. - Art Spectrum Professional Quality Oil Paints) with pure gum turps. Will probably use titanium white and naples yellow for very light highlights.
Cheers Kim

01-20-2005, 05:47 AM
:evil: Ah yes well I didn't take my own advice but then I am on holidays so thought best make the most of it!! So here's the latest - have just about worked on everything!! :rolleyes: Still very much a work in progress!!My partner's just about ready to throw me out of the house !!! :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2005/54304-archie_crop_thursday_detail.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2005/54304-archie_thursday_full.JPG

01-21-2005, 10:02 PM
worked on the shirt and face and neck

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2005/54304-archie_sat_22.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2005/54304-archie_sat_crop_22.JPG

sorry about the glare from the flash :crying:

01-22-2005, 02:37 AM
Hey, Kim, WOW. You really have been busy. That close up of the work you did on your face is really stellar. Lots more depth and a beautiful glow. I like that bit of tourqoise you added in the folds of your eye. I see you added some more colour and a bit of white to your irises. The eyes are exquisite. They are reall shinning. I do like this tone in your lips much better too, more natural.
The colour of the shirt looks like it will be a warm orange or yellow orchre? That will compliment the background and skin tones very well. I like that colour better then the white. So much warmer.
It amazing to see how such changes really add so much more dimension to a piece. It was a holiday very well spent! :clap:

01-24-2005, 03:09 AM
Hi Lisa
Thanks for the encouragement - hope this latest post doesn't give you a heart attack but this is going to be the FINAL panel in a 6 piece work! I'm pretty obsessed with this Archibald thing and apart from the $35,000 prize money I only have two weeks of holiday left with 5 panels to go phew! I get tired thinking about it!!! This is gonna be a real work in progress. Ah...... I suppose I can take 4 weeks on 1/2 pay (biting fingernails) OH well looking forward to your commments on this Lisa?
Cheers Kim :D :D :D


ps- this is what happens when you get overly obsessed with a long neck!!!!
pps - Lisa - at the top of the roller coaster again - preparing myself for the next ride!! this will eventually be a 1.2m x 5.4 work all up ( size restriction - 3 x 3 m)

01-24-2005, 04:11 AM
Olala Kim, your enthusiasm from down under shows through your painting and your words............. I need these vibes to get my brushes wet !

Good continuation and special thanks for sharing !

01-24-2005, 04:44 AM
KIMMMMMMMMMMMMM, Almost fell off my chair...
ON FIRE....I love this...The red is so hot, would have never thought about it...Much more dramatic. I guess thats why i initally like the toruqoise it was a little wild, but you were right about the cooler tone not quite fitting..then the darker brown, that was very well harmonized, but this is what I LIKE! Are you happy with the red...what made you do the switch.
Also like the more warmer yellow in the blouse, my eye goes nicely from your lovely eye lids, to cheeks, the long beautiful neck... :D with that warm yellow down to the blouse.
35,000, i would be going completely mental, You go Girl! I am praying for you...
So this will be last panel. 5 panels to go? in two weeks...OH MY GOSH....how you going to do that?? :eek:
When's the show? The 5 other panels will they be the same theme, of the self portrait..?
Cheers, and BTW your inspiration is really driving me these last weeks.... :clap:

01-26-2005, 07:22 AM
Hi Gilberte - thanks for the lovely words -and congratulations again on a wonderful portrait of Lisa and..

Hi Lisa - I see you have changed your avatar it looks wonderful - thanks to Gilberte (ha ha) .....is this deja vu or something?? LOL
Thankyou for your enthusiasm and prayers :angel: I am very happy with the red - I'm glad you like it - actually my partner, Dave suggested it - he's braver than me LOL - I still have two weeks holiday left from next Monday and entries are not due until early April but I have to get the bulk of this done ASAP as I will be back teaching and only have weekends to paint plus allowing for framing time. At the moment I'm still waiting for canvases- One should be here tomorrow. :D Not sure where I'm going - think I have to look at the blank canvases and see if they speak to me :) :) :)
Here's Alexander's painting - acrylic and gouache on canvas board painted 2 years ago when he was 13 (he won 1st prize in the Intermediate section (12 -18 yrs) in a local art comp 2 years ago with it.
Cheers Kim


01-27-2005, 02:36 AM
Hi Kim, Yep, I changed it, I really like the painting Gilberte did. Thanks
Well, Dave knows his colours. ;) He is brave, I would never have thought of that either. Oh April 1st, will come so fast!!!!!!!
Hope your canvasses come soon.
You will be a very busy woman. You'll find your way, I know it. Those babies will be talking to you, maybe they already are.. ;) Anxious to see what you do, please do post everything.. ;)
Alexanders painting is super. The boat is so well done, and the colours are so alive. I like that. I can see why he won 1st prize. Mom's talent went to his genes. He is very talented. And I Hope he still paints. :clap:

01-27-2005, 03:04 AM
Hi LISA - Yep still waiting - have a pupil free day at school tomorrow so will probably start something this weekend. Yep Alexander is still painting and has won more awards than me in the last 2 years - :envy: and his younger sister (13yrs) has cleaned up a few too...soooo it sorta runs in the family :evil: :evil: :evil:
Have a good weekend Lisa!! :D :D :D
Cheers Kim

04-26-2008, 05:25 PM
Love how you have kept us updated on the progress and your thoughts! Love the chiseled look of the piece, and your colors. Great effort and I believe it has paid off!