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01-25-2010, 06:40 PM
We missed last year but, I would like to continue the idea of a yearly self portrait challenge.

How it works. If you decide to participate you are to do a self portrait in acrylics in any style, size, substrate or ... the only limit is that it must be done in acrylics. This is a chance to play a bit, try a new style, expand or limit your colors and or techniques. In other words, this is a chance to play and look yourself in the eye.

The reveal date is going to be February 20th, so we about 3.5 weeks to get it done.

Please remember, do not reveal your self portrait until I announce the opening of this thread to posting on the 20th.

Let's have some fun.

01-25-2010, 08:03 PM
Oooo, this is a challenge!!!!! A very interesting one though! :wink2:

01-25-2010, 08:10 PM
My bowl of cherries won't do??:eek::eek: :rolleyes:

[oh, that's right - it's colored pencil :(]

01-25-2010, 09:47 PM
How fun! I'm in!

01-25-2010, 11:00 PM

01-26-2010, 12:51 AM
I love a good challenge! I'm in! - Nan

01-26-2010, 02:48 AM
I hope this is how we see ourselves? or does it have to be true? Can I shave off a few pounds and give myself a facelift? hmmmmmmm, I might be too busy. Yes, that's it, too busy.....

01-26-2010, 05:54 AM
I hope this is how we see ourselves? or does it have to be true? Can I shave off a few pounds and give myself a facelift? hmmmmmmm, I might be too busy. Yes, that's it, too busy.....

It can be anything you want as long as it is something akin to a portrait. It can be a fantasy, a distortion, a perception, a reality, a scifi nightmare. This is a time to play a bit.

Follow this link and you can see the results of the last self portrait challenge.

Self Portraits 2008 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=481788)

01-26-2010, 09:01 AM
If time allows, I'm in.

01-26-2010, 12:50 PM
I'd love to jump in, but will be away in La Paz Mexico from 2/5 - 2/23.
I've always wanted to be Native American and do have some NA in me from way back to my great grandfather. I'd do myself as NA - palette knife applied with some abstract effects. Can one post after 2/20?

Shirl Parker
01-26-2010, 02:26 PM
Too bad those 2008's don't have any names connected. The only one I recognize for sure is Susan.

01-26-2010, 02:40 PM
Yay! I am in. 2008 was a blast and I hope to have fun this time too :)

01-26-2010, 03:04 PM
I'd love to jump in, but will be away in La Paz Mexico from 2/5 - 2/23.
I've always wanted to be Native American and do have some NA in me from way back to my great grandfather. I'd do myself as NA - palette knife applied with some abstract effects. Can one post after 2/20?

absolutely any time after the 20th but not before.

01-26-2010, 03:09 PM
What a wonderful challenge.:clap: Dusting off the acrylics now (not used them for a while) and hope to take part if time allows.

01-26-2010, 07:59 PM
I'm game Howard! Now I want to come up with something completely different! I recognize quite a few from the 2008 gallery. For those who participate again, it will be fun to see the difference!


01-26-2010, 08:14 PM
Wow, Shirl...must have done fairly well then!

01-26-2010, 08:21 PM
I'll try, if time works out. Sounds good, and I like the 2008 examples.

01-26-2010, 09:04 PM
From memory....#1 is Tony (anthony dunphy)
#2 is Maureen
#6 is Howard
#7 is Bret (howyadoin)
#8 is Connie(vanwinnsen)
#10 is Gayle (Gaykir)
#12 is EP
#13 is Elizabeth (edtree)
#21 is Violet
#22 is Kathleen
#24 is Linda (Linee)
#27 is Peter (phobden)
#28 is Jenny (ms understood)
#29 is Lillian (Lilibelle)
#30 is Rich (raizes)
#35 is me
#36 is a better me (did alot of self-portraits that year)
#40 is Vicki (oicclouds)

I just amazed me...with a bad memory, that I remember this many.,...if you use the link at the end....you can see the whole thread, and see who I missed....and apologize to.

01-26-2010, 11:34 PM
Love to join in Howard, not sure when I'll find the time, but would love to do one too!!
Maybe this might be the time to realy try something loose and textured, like the palatte knife!! what a trip that would be!!!:lol: never know!!

ohh I do recognize a bunch of them, thanks Susan, that helps.!!

Shirl Parker
01-27-2010, 12:15 AM
Thank you Susan. Now I have to go back and compare the list with the photos.

01-27-2010, 02:20 PM
i would love to attempt this.

01-27-2010, 02:30 PM
I'd really like to try this one. I was in a printmaking self portrait project and it was fun! I looked like a goofball, but it was fun!! :lol:

01-27-2010, 04:46 PM
This time I am REALLY going to try and do a reasonable facsimile of me!
Well, I am going to give it my best shot!:eek:

Charlie's Mum
01-27-2010, 05:39 PM
Thank you Susan. Now I have to go back and compare the list with the photos.

Shirl, if you look at the bottom of the Rogues Gallery post you'll see a link to the original thread!:D

Well done Susan!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Don't know if I'll have time - but maybe :D

01-28-2010, 12:20 AM
Don't know if I'll have time - but maybe :D

Agree. I'm a definite maybe :) :) :)

Shirl Parker
01-28-2010, 12:37 AM
Shirl, if you look at the bottom of the Rogues Gallery post you'll see a link to the original thread!:D...

Now if I only knew where the Rogues Gallery post was... :lol:

01-28-2010, 01:04 AM
Here you go Shirl....In the information kiosk!

I have started mine, It looks very good, I just don't know who it is LOLOL
Just might keep it if it continues to look so good!
(Especially as this is the first face I have ever done.)
I have to do this though, as I kinda cheated on the last challenge.:wink2:
Good luck all.

Charlie's Mum
01-28-2010, 01:38 PM
Shirl - you've got me going round in circles ......... now, where's Susan when I need a suitable smilie eh? :lol:

Shirl Parker
01-28-2010, 05:37 PM
Maureen, I feel like I'm going in circles. I decided the best way was to move on without knowing.

01-28-2010, 07:19 PM
Here I am Maureen....what type of smile would you like?
http://www.websmileys.com/sm/happy/783.gifhttp://www.easyfreesmileys.com/smileys/lol-052.GIF (http://www.easyfreesmileys.com/Free-Evil-Grin-Smileys/)http://www.easyfreesmileys.com/smileys/lol-053.gif (http://www.easyfreesmileys.com/Free-Hello-Kitty-Smileys/)

Ask and......:D

Charlie's Mum
01-29-2010, 01:35 PM
Knew you'd come up trumps - thank you Sus! :D :clap:

01-29-2010, 03:08 PM
Did I not post the right link?:o

01-30-2010, 01:19 PM
You did Kathleen....we are all just being silly....nothing much new with that...:)

01-30-2010, 01:59 PM
Thanks Sue....You ladies can drive a person to distraction. :lol:
I am finished my portrait...such as it is. This is not something I would normally do, and even so, it is a very feeble attempt.:eek:
I am bowing out of portraiture now, and forever!
See you all on the 20th/Feb.

Imogene Thomas
01-30-2010, 06:04 PM
I will give it a go! Doing taxes, so time may be a challenge.

01-31-2010, 06:17 PM
hi all,

I'm a definite maybe

part time artist
02-01-2010, 03:50 PM
I'd love to have a go but dont know if i'll have time.

02-03-2010, 10:13 AM
Okay, I made a small self portrait yesterday afternoon. So, I'm in:)

02-07-2010, 05:54 PM
I've started .... so my "definite maybe" might need to be revised.... :)

02-10-2010, 04:45 AM
Well...I'd forgotten how much I don't like painting myself...:lol: It still needs a bit more work....but am almost to the point of wondering what in the world I am going to DO with it...?? It's a bit big for the truck...hehhe!! Maybe one of the kids would want it...cough, cough...choke!

I wonder if I will leave the extra chins in....or will pride win out....and give me a face lift? :D

02-10-2010, 08:25 AM
Susan, I don't like LOOKING at myself, let alone painting myself.
I took many pics last night to try to take part in this,, finally ended up with cropping one.
Howard? is that okay? I promise it will be in acrylics..
if so, then , I'm in!

02-10-2010, 09:17 AM
Please, your interpretation is yours and it will be fine.

Charlie's Mum
02-10-2010, 01:19 PM
As it's cold and windy and somewhat miserable, a pic of me all muffled up against the winter might just find it's way here!!! :lol: ...
... then no one will see all my extra chins!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol:

02-10-2010, 03:17 PM
I intend to put one on here I have made a start and am going round in circles as I have little experience with acrylics and not good with oils either:rolleyes:
But now I have commited to this and am obliged to post the results:eek:

02-10-2010, 03:20 PM
There ya go Maureen! how are you at fabrics? LOL
Trevor,, just go for it,, it'll be alright..

Thanks Howard!!

02-11-2010, 12:12 AM
Maureen...:lol: I tried 'adding a turtleneck'...but since I did that in our group portrait, it seem a bit more like cheating. I tried a blanket...but decided to go with a pic from my monitor. Of course it is soooooooooooooo blurry that only the deepest of wrinkles (and the chins) showed....what a shame. :angel:

Mary...not so good at fabrics...sigh....hmmmm, if I was holding Bubba...or one of the dogs....I could cover up alot. Or I could do a Wilson (from Home Improvements) and just show the top of my head over some object. :lol:

It is looking some better today....am really tired of moving and changing my right/left eye...am on the 4th try now...and just might have it. Amazingly, I made my face too fat...not the chins...just the face that is above them...:o and I have to redo the whole hairline (of course the hair was the best part...rofl) Oh well...I still have six days left....want to get it done before the surgery.

02-11-2010, 06:56 AM
There ya go Maureen! how are you at fabrics? LOL
Trevor,, just go for it,, it'll be alright..

Thanks Howard!!

Thanks Mary we shall see :eek:

02-11-2010, 08:59 AM
I just realized that I made my portrait in H2Oils (water soluble oils) so I guess I'm out again. Too bad because it is the spitting image of me.:( :wink2:

02-11-2010, 12:15 PM
Awwww Connie!!

02-11-2010, 01:57 PM
Bummer Connie,,

I am doing mine on a piece of matboard,, not sure I am happy with that because the paint is drying so fast,, it isn't FLOWING well..
oh well I will just keep at it,, maybe I will try to make it a bit more "Painterly"
never done THAT before.

02-11-2010, 03:56 PM
well, I am going to try to squeeze this in this weekend. I don't know though, I haven't made a commitment. :}

02-11-2010, 05:05 PM
OMG,, What the hell was I thinking???!!!!?!

02-11-2010, 07:46 PM
I'm ref pic I'm using is a photo that my daughter hates! LOL She doesn't like it becuz I'm not smiling. :rolleyes: But I kinda look like both my Mom & my Dad...and I kinda like that! :smug:

02-11-2010, 07:51 PM
hehe Dee.. I hope it has your new hairdo in it,,

02-11-2010, 08:06 PM
Yep....it does!

02-11-2010, 08:10 PM

02-12-2010, 12:41 PM
I've been working on my self-portrait this morning. :smug:

I just showed it to my daughter.....she said it makes me look like a 'stroke victim'! :lol: I've got my mouth going a little wonky on one side. :rolleyes:

But it should be an easy fix...and overall its coming along pretty good.

02-12-2010, 01:20 PM
:wave:@ Dee....wonky can be very original :lol:
I don't think that the 20th will ever get here.
Mine actually looks like me (somewhat)
I had help from the best portrait artist here at W /C,
so if it doesn't look good it is her fault! :wink2:
(Sorry Gayle, I really appreciated your help with this project.)

Only 8 more days to go!:thumbsup:

02-13-2010, 12:27 AM
I am still hoping to get mine done before the surgery...we shall see. I took it back into the ugly stage yesterday...and that did not help my outlook...but it should get better now.

Cannot wait to see everyone's!

02-13-2010, 09:45 AM
mine never really left the ugly stage! LOL,, it is quite painterly right now,, not sure if it will stay that way or not.

Susan, I missed it,, what surgery?

02-13-2010, 11:31 AM
Ugly stage? With what I have to work with mine's likely to stay that way, at least if it's a true likeness! :lol:

Well, I'm happy that I have at least made a start. Got the drawing down and first layer... miles to go of course, but at least I will have something to show.

Charlie's Mum
02-13-2010, 11:42 AM
I suppose I'd better start ...... just don't want to break the camera!!! :lol: :lol:

02-13-2010, 03:21 PM
Mary...exploratory to remove enlarged milk ducts and possible cyst...then test them. Surgeon won't really know what is there till he opens me up....again. Just more excitement in my life, ya know!

Maureen...impossible with the true beauty shinning thru' your eyes!!

02-13-2010, 03:43 PM
Oh,, Susan,, will be keeping you in my prayers!

02-13-2010, 05:47 PM
((((Susan)))) praying for the best outcome!

02-13-2010, 05:51 PM
I totally destroyed a brush doing this,, but I am calling mine done!
yehaw! totally different for me,,

Charlie's Mum
02-13-2010, 06:36 PM
Lots of these for you Susan - http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2010/30494-hug1.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2010/30494-Hugs_Bunny.jpg .... sounds gruesome but hoping all will be well.

Thanks for the laugh engendered by your last remark!!! :lol: :lol: ..... glad your sense of humour is still alive and kicking!!! :lol: :lol:

Mary - did a bit of scrubbing to destroy the brush eh? tsk tsk!! ;)

02-13-2010, 06:41 PM
more like pouncing! hehe,,

02-14-2010, 05:09 AM
I now look like a poison dwarf with facial hair.... no, not real life, just the painting! :D

Just got to figure out how to remove the moustache. :wink2:

02-14-2010, 08:37 AM
electric shaver?

02-14-2010, 08:43 AM
Nah, didn't work..... now I also have a beard! :eek: :lol:

Charlie's Mum
02-14-2010, 09:31 AM
Inky - you could just paint over the lot and give yourself a whole new skin colour!!!!!:lol: ;)

02-14-2010, 10:43 AM
I painted over me no less than 4 times!

02-14-2010, 11:29 AM
Inky - you could just paint over the lot and give yourself a whole new skin colour!!!!!:lol: ;)

Its good fun and it has given the whole family a laugh and of course, it's all good practice. I'm learning with every layer.

I may keep adding layers and this could end up being a sculpture! :lol:

02-14-2010, 12:10 PM

02-14-2010, 02:14 PM

Hope everyone was asleep!! I sure as heck posted the wrong post...darn!!
I am not sure how many places posted the wrong thing!

02-14-2010, 02:17 PM
This is so much fun reading the comments....I think I am done as well...or as done as I am probably gonna get.

Charlie's Mum
02-14-2010, 06:00 PM
I've been playing, but that's as far as I've got - not picked up a brush yet!

Inky - there has to be a 'first' sometime ... 'First Acrylic Sculpture/Base Relief Self Portrait' ;)

02-14-2010, 06:51 PM
I primed the paper today, does that count?

02-14-2010, 07:33 PM
It doesn't look like I'll be done by the "due date"...but its not bad. I got it as far out of the 'ugly stage' as I can! :D

Not sure when I'll post the pic though...I don't think I'll be back home until a week from tomorrow.

02-14-2010, 08:24 PM
Dee, not a problem, I'll hold a place for you.

02-14-2010, 08:28 PM
You are all soooo brave! I don't think I even have a current pic of myself. I am always behind the camera. Maybe a shot at the mirror with a lot of flash.......If I try, I will be late as I haven't even begun.

02-14-2010, 08:54 PM
Can't wait to see it Dee!!
Hope the hair isn't blue,, but then again,, maybe I want it to be blue! lol
drive safe!

Howard,, great start! lol

02-14-2010, 10:29 PM
Well after wading through all the bad pics of myself, I finally found one that wasn't too bad. I was painting today and my husband came over and said "whatcha painting?" I showed it to him and said "it's a challenge, a portrait of ourselves, it's not done yet" He said, "good, it doesn't look like you." I said, "it'll get better". He said "I hope so."


02-15-2010, 10:09 AM
I finished mine last night while hubby was painting the laundry room. Portraits are not my strong point so I tried something a little different from how I usually paint. Can't wait to share it, for some it will seem a bit familiar:evil:

02-15-2010, 02:50 PM
Inky - there has to be a 'first' sometime ... 'First Acrylic Sculpture/Base Relief Self Portrait' ;)

Hey, I like that idea. :cat:

I think I fixed the facial hair though if I continue it may just grow back! :wink2:

I would really love to try another.... is more than one allowed?

Charlie's Mum
02-15-2010, 06:30 PM
I'm sure that would be acceptable Inky ..... the more the merrier! :lol:
After all, we each have more than one 'side'!;) ;)

Charlie's Mum
02-17-2010, 04:39 PM
hehehe - work now well under way - not necessarily smoothly, but under way :D

02-17-2010, 05:11 PM
Well....I got some really good advice from friends....which I truly was going to do....however, hubby took it from me last night and hung it in his office and told me it was going to stay there.

Does that mean I am done? :lol:

02-17-2010, 05:14 PM
did ya get a pic of it Susan?

02-17-2010, 07:30 PM
I now wish I had removed my specs and shaved! it would have been easier but now its too late:wave:

02-17-2010, 11:27 PM
yep...it was scanned

02-18-2010, 12:10 AM
Three more days:thumbsup:
(For you slackers)

02-18-2010, 03:33 AM
Exciting isn't it? Can't wait to see what everybody has produced. :clap:

Not sure if I will get a second one started before Saturday, but I'll try.

02-18-2010, 03:38 AM
tooo long!!

Charlie's Mum
02-18-2010, 05:58 PM
Finished today - shall I tell you that I've done ..... ??? many ?.... maybe not ......:evil

Susan - my hubby didn't ask for mine so he could hang it in the study, add to his wallet, or put it by his piano ..... always say they never look like me! (He's probably right!)

Inky - I had to get rid of a beard too - well, that's where my mouth was supposed to be and it looked all ... dark!!:lol:

02-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Just trashed a sketch as it looks terrible! I wonder if I can make it on time. Argh these self portraits!!

02-18-2010, 10:02 PM
Previous incarnations !!
2010 versions to come!


02-19-2010, 06:01 AM
Nithya, the 20th is the opening date not the due date. You have plenty of time.

02-19-2010, 09:41 AM
I had to get rid of a beard too - well, that's where my mouth was supposed to be and it looked all ... dark!!:lol:

Beard? Mouth? Uh oh :)

02-19-2010, 10:52 AM
One more day to go. Can't wait to see what everyone has produced.

02-19-2010, 12:36 PM
Surprise, it is now about 4AM February 20th, in Sydney Australia, this will give our friends on that side of the globe the opportunity to post. So, lets open up the posting of your self portraits.

02-19-2010, 02:55 PM
Maureen, so glad to hear I'm not the only one having trouble with inappropriate facial hair! I see Steve also has that but for him it's not a problem, I somehow think his is meant to be there. :wink2: :D

Yikes! I gotta take a photo of my painting! :lol:

Charlie's Mum
02-19-2010, 03:23 PM
OK, with Howard's permission granted a coupla posts ago .......

I'll kick off for you - me in three guises!!!

Miniatures on mountbooard, each less than 9x12cms (approx3.75"x4.75")


Hubby says they're all too fat in the face!:lol: :lol:

02-19-2010, 03:54 PM
I did a rendition 'a la Biz'. I always wanted to try my hand at his style. It is alot harder than it looks, and truth be told I gladly leave it to him.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2010/151124-Picture_001.jpg

02-19-2010, 04:04 PM
Awesome Maureen! I wonder how you managed three!! My favorite is the middle one, the first one shows you older I think :D

02-19-2010, 04:52 PM
Hi. Nice work Maureen and Sveldstra.
This is 14x18 on canvas panel painted from a company Christmas party photo.

Charlie's Mum
02-19-2010, 05:32 PM
Oh Chris what a super painting!

Nice one Sharon - you look very serious! Lovely though!

Thank you Nithya - but I am old!!! :lol:
Forgot to mention - these are three miniatures - 9x12cms each.

02-19-2010, 08:32 PM
Maureen, I think I like the middle one too, but they are all great, even if your husband doesn't think they look like you.
Chris, Wow! It gives the impression that you are someone who doesn't sit still. Fantastic.

02-19-2010, 08:55 PM
These are all beautiful. I'll comment on them once I'm more awake- I just woke up for the day.

I've done a lot of self-portraits over the past year. I thought you might be interested in seeing the progression - they're all so very different. All in acrylic except one has a lot of collage as well. The last three (on my second post) are from the past two weeks. The last two I did for this challenge. The last one is actually painted on top of the second-to-last one.

Well despite being half-awake, I was excited to share these, so here you go...


02-19-2010, 08:58 PM
Like I said in the previous post, the last 3 I did in the past 2 weeks. The last 2 I did for this challenge, the last one is painted on top of the previous one. Hope you like them!


02-19-2010, 09:08 PM
Me on Chardonnay
Me on Black Velvet
All Knife work except a little brush on background.


02-19-2010, 11:27 PM
Wow you guys are awesome.

Maureen I like the second one but I think they are all terrific. And what do hubands know anyway..LOL

Sharon that's cool, I like it well done.

Artchrispy very very nice indeed.

Lynne you have been busy too..wow I kind of like the second best of the first lot but you did a great job with all of them! All being the definitive word, you're amazing..haha

Steve they're great I like the Chardonnay one best..haha But the second "is" pretty cool!

I wasn't going to join in here but it really did look like fun. So I'm kind of an interloper, the last minute kind. I just painted mine tonight, only one LOL Everything on me kind of got shifted when I hit a telephone poll so I skipped all those things and took it from my avatar where you really can't see all that stuff....:D More of a commercial graphics approach with no details..haha

I'll wait until tomorrow tho, can't get a decent pix tonight.


02-19-2010, 11:36 PM
Here is mine, my brushes were very kind to me,
"Me looking through a frosted window!"

02-20-2010, 02:03 AM
Sharon yours looks cool with the minimal approach. Nice!

Chris, very loose and lovely painting.

Lynne omg so many versions! You must really love doing self portraits don't you? Interesting versions and variations!

Nice job on both Steve :) I like the first one better too.:)

Kathleen what an interesting idea! Great execution too, it looks super!

I painted and repainted mine so many times and I don't think it will be done before Sunday. I will post in later.

02-20-2010, 04:21 AM
Hey, they all look fabulous. Isn't it great to see so many different styles?

Maureen I particularly like the monochromes... that's something I considered too for the next one. All three beautifully painted. :thumbsup:

sveldstra, that is wonderful. I love the simplicity.

Lynne, great collection, so nice to see them altogether.

Steve, those are great, particularly like the second which seems full of vitality. :thumbsup: I keep wanting to give knifework a go, but not gotten round to it yet.
Kathleen, I just love the frosted glass effect! :clap:

*Sorry almost missed Artchrispy! That is wonderful, I really love how you handled the background too. :thumbsup:


Acrylics on canvas 14" x 10"

I am told it doesn't look like me, but I think this is the nearest I have got so far. Now how to get in the wrinkles without looking 110?! :evil:

Strange how hard it is to get a likeness of oneself. It seems so easy to get hooked on self portraits as one strives to find the "me" in them.... maybe next time?

I am in the middle of my second painting and will post it later. (that also is not a good likeness but I think there is a little part of me in every one :) )

02-20-2010, 06:11 AM
You are a real talented crowd and I will have to come back and study them more when time permits but here is my effort!
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

02-20-2010, 09:04 AM
My slow internet is taking forever to load this page, so I will just post mine and hope to see them all later! what I HAVE seen,, is amazing!
here we go!

02-20-2010, 09:31 AM
Trevor I think that's amazing!

Inky that's a charming portrait, I think you did very well indeed.

Kathleen cool approach, nicely done.

Mary..the window of the soul..neat kiddo.

Okay morning light so here's mine. Little 5x7 quick one did last night.
Probably more of what I want to look like then do....:lol: Got the broken nose tho...haha

Everyone so far has done fantastically.



02-20-2010, 10:26 AM
And what do hubands know anyway..LOL

:mad:....careful or you will get another timeout....:lol:

02-20-2010, 12:31 PM
Maureen - I love that first version especially!

Sveldstra = It does look like a "Biz" job!

Chris - Really nice - love the palette.

Lynn - your many faces made me wonder of you';re moody! ha!!

Steve - while I like both, the texture of the second one really draws me in.

Kathleen - you know I love it and living in the frozen North as you do, I think it is fitting!

Inky - fabulous watercolor feel.

Trevor - good job. Those glasses are awesome.

Mary - bit of a voyeur?

Elaine - I have always loved the idea that a likeness can be captured in the fewest strokes.

Here's my contribution....


02-20-2010, 01:04 PM
Gayle..you caught that great personality of yours..wonderfully done!!!! Great play of light. Like those earrings too.


02-20-2010, 01:09 PM
Gayle,, no, not a voyeur,, just couldn't get a full face shot I liked,, LOL
and since there was only one eye,, I didn't have to try to get two of them to match! LOL
love ALL of these! each one so individual!

02-20-2010, 02:59 PM
Trevor, love the angle, thatís terrific.

Mary, nice twinkle in that eye!

Elaine, very cute, lovely expression.

Gayle, such beautiful eyes, just love the vitality in this.

Wow, these are all so amazing. I just love looking through them all.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Charlie's Mum
02-20-2010, 03:30 PM
Steve, I like both - tho' as I'm having a glass of chardonnay at the moment, maube I'm seeing through wine!!! ;) ... I think the Van Gogh version is very lively - nice! Black Velvet does that huh? Hmmm .....

Lynne, We're seeing you in all moods huh? - wonder how you werre feeling in the wilder ones!:lol: What a productive painter!

Kathleen, Kathleen - what a good idea! I really like the smiling face through the glass - lovely!

Mary - good crop girlie! Not letting us see too much of you or your mood eh? Nice work though :)

Inky, lovely painting - really nice handling of the medium ... nice portrait too. I wonder if they don't look like us to others because we're doing mirror images of ourselves? Love the hat!

Elaine, this is gorgeous - how do you manage to stay so young? I thought the avatar must be your g'daughter! :eek: - it cannot be you!;) :lol:

Trevor - very nice! ... and as your avatar has you wearing specs, I expected yu to show them here!

Gayle - gorgeous! You paint eyes beautifully!

Looks like we'll have a great Rogues' Gallery at the end of the month :lol: ...... now, where's our host ..... ?

02-21-2010, 04:27 AM

Well, since this has been a year of detached reality It couldn't help but show in the the SP. So, read it and weep.

02-21-2010, 04:42 AM
You look very intense, full of concentration here, Howard. Great work. It has a kind of unfinished look that I find very appealing and I adore the background. :thumbsup:

02-21-2010, 08:23 AM
Oh Howard,, those eyes!!
love the background also! somehow, this is what I expected of you! LOL

Li'l Brown
02-21-2010, 10:37 AM
Hey I recognize these faces :) Nice work everyone! I've done a couple of SPs before and they always turned out really dark and rather ugly, lol. Enjoying seeing the reveals, keep em coming!

Charlie's Mum
02-21-2010, 11:40 AM
It's nice to see a little realism from your brush Howard - I miss that!
Love that you added something very typical of you though in the b/g.

It's very intense, like the time you've had this year!

02-21-2010, 12:01 PM
Love seeing them all! Good work:clap:

02-21-2010, 02:26 PM
Gayle, what colors did you use on your face? I cannot get mine to look anything but chalky.

These are all great. Mine is about half done. After seeing some of these, I don't know if I want to finish now or not, lolol

02-21-2010, 03:47 PM
Sue - It's always the same colors for me - burnt sienna. It's a matter of very thin washes. I use a bit of quinacridone megenta at the cheeks and lips with a bit of paynes grey here and there. The big key is a thin wash of yellow ochre over all skin areas in the end! Without this, it has no life. The first time you do it, it is very scary but try it and you will see how it makes your skin look alive.

P.S. It's the same on canvas.

Charlie's Mum
02-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks for sharing that Gayle - skin tones/colours are a nightmare for me!

02-21-2010, 03:59 PM
Howard that is really the definitive less is more, and absolutely wonderfully executed. I dunno I see determination and strength, I think it's fantastic!


02-21-2010, 04:39 PM
I apologize for being late :o things have been slipping away from me this week! And it has been no fun to type...kinda achy.

Anyway...excuse any typos....please!

Maureen...the are all good, but I really like #2! wonderful ! (and I picked before reading all the other posts....:lol:)

Sharon....I love it!!! Always thought about trying it too...maybe not?

Nice Chris!! I like the style you used!

Lynne....I like the first one the best! It seems like you are dealing with alot of things in many of the others?

Steve....I like both of them!!

Kathleen....I like it! Love the frosty look you managed to get!!

Inky...looks great!! Wrinkles...ick...they are hard to do without either over or under-doing for me!

Trevor...great job!

Mary....that is cheating...:lol: bird's eye view huh?
Nicely done!!

Elaine....love it!!!!!

Gayle...wow!! your eyes are amazing!

Howard...actually like it!! it is you and your style rolled together!!

Hi Jess!!! Good to see you!!

I think that is all of you....hope I did not miss anyone!!

Here I am...I got a bit of good advice on how to tweak it....however my hubby came in my office...got the painting....hung it in his office and said....THIS is mine. soooooo not sure they will get done....:lol: If I snuck it out and messed up...well......:o

16x20 wrapped canvas...don't really think the colors show quite right...but tired of playing...


Sigh....see so much to 'fix' ....Maybe I can just do another one?....NOT!! :D

02-21-2010, 05:22 PM
Nice Susan - I especially love the hair - that always gives me fits!

02-21-2010, 05:44 PM
I love all of them!!!!! :clap:

Mine isn't done...still have quite a lot of work to do (especially on my mouth & eyes)...but here it is so far....


Charlie's Mum
02-21-2010, 05:49 PM
Susan - it's lovely! Can see why DH snagged it for himself!

Dee - excellent! My hair was supposed to come out more like your colour (in front) but scanned yellower!!! Haven't ben blonde-ish for a long time :lol:
The skin tones are great!

02-21-2010, 05:49 PM
Thanks, Gayle....I appreciate it!! I have one of those large paperbacl instruction books on portraits but in oils I think....adopted or adapted his instruction on hair and it seems to work well MOST of the time...not always...

02-21-2010, 06:35 PM
Sue you did great girlfriend!!..and ya know people would kill for those color eyes..teehee Well me people...LOL Love it kiddo.

Dee finished or not that's seriously good. I love your colorings and your flesh tone is spot on. At least this is one way to get a view of the new do..love it! How are you doing kiddo, you've been in my thoughts.

There is a very nice collection of talent here and ya all are the "beautiful people" inside and out.


02-21-2010, 07:02 PM
Dee - I love yours (and I want your haircut!).

02-21-2010, 08:45 PM
Thanks everyone (regarding the self-portrait & the haircut)! :lol:

@Elaine, I'm doing okay. It has been an incredibly emotional week, and I'm exhausted.

02-21-2010, 08:55 PM
Oops...posted over top you....Dee...that is really good!! I like it! Glad you are home and 'ok'!! {{hugs}}

Thanks, Maureen!! He said it was me...and I am his...so it is his too...:lol:

Thanks, Elaine!!

02-21-2010, 09:41 PM
I am so delighted by the many talented folks here. I am truly humbled to be a part of this group of great artists. The self portrait challenge has been such a treat. Thank you all for taking the time to participate.

Bob Rooney
02-21-2010, 10:38 PM
Lots of good work here. I'll try this when I get better looking.

02-21-2010, 10:53 PM
I love everyone's portraits. There is just so much talent in this group, I am in awe. I find portraits probably the most difficult to do and I struggle with them. This is mine, I did it more as an abstract and less realism. Also, I will admit my hair is now blond (happened when the grays started on only part of my head!), but I had trouble with the colors for that & opted to paint my original hair color which was a dark brown. I'll try & stop back to comment on them all - but for now, it's so great to "see" everyone!! - Nan
Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet.

02-21-2010, 11:47 PM
This is my most recent selfportrait.
Martyrdom of the Artist
Acrylic 16 x 20

Alot of references/allusions to stuff: religion, maurice sendak, carravaggio, coffee can (Jasper Johns?), etc...

use of: photo reference, paint skins, actual still life, glazing, gels, brush and knife application.

Personal objective: as with some of rembrandts drawing self portraits, I wanted to capture some emotional content in this piece, hope i succeeded.

see larger reproduction here:
http://ribeyedsmile.deviantart.com/art/2009-martyrdom-of-the-artist-138656399 and click on Thumbnail


02-22-2010, 05:04 AM
Well I have just managed to get back and check out all the paintings and its been a pleasure all the different styles you really are a talented crowd lovely to see you all :wave:

02-22-2010, 06:17 PM
Well, here's mine, such as it is. I could fiddle with it 'til the cows come home, but they aren't even close, so I will call it done. yuck.....


Everyone else's looks so good!!!!

02-22-2010, 07:37 PM
Nan I like it, they may not be easy but you did a terrific job, thumbs up!

ribeyedsmile...hmm this is very interesting, painting and title. I do get a particular feel from this one but so as not to show my ignorance about this style I will just say you did a great piece.

Sue that looks terrific! Great smile, eyes follow too, this is really fine.
Everyone's looks terrific, and that includes yours..seriously it's fab.

Hugs all round,

02-22-2010, 08:51 PM
Oh Elaine, you are such a sweet liar *wink*, love ya!

02-22-2010, 11:31 PM
maureen, i like the two monochromatic one the best
sveldstra, nice grey strong eyes
artchrispy, real nice and very ambient
Lynn, its been said that every artwork we make is a self portrait
nice steve, eyes wide open
kathleen, good and tremendous atmosphere
inkyeyes is very gentle
trevor, i like the motion of the brushwork, sort of abstract superimposed on top of realism
and Mary doe the other direction where the marks are fading into the realism
elain, that is graphic!
nice work gayle
howard, after all the exploration in techniques....its too small to see what ya did. it is very alive.
susan, the blue plays the fleshtones very well
dee, i like the very subtle values, particularly as it gives volume like the brightness peaking out from back to neck
nancy, subtle accents
sue nice blue playing in features and against blue clothing

and elaine/noodle....be frank, if it doesnt communicate then i want to know it...not everyone will get it...it certainly wasnt painted to be "pretty"...see: http://ribeyedsmile.deviantart.com/gallery/#self-portraits

02-23-2010, 12:46 AM
Love all the beautifully done portraits!! Great work everyone!!
Wonderfully imaginative and brilliant work all!!:clap:
Loved viewing them!

I realy wish I had the time to do one.. just havent yet.. Maybe I can still play around with something tomorrow, but its probably too late. /sigh.

02-23-2010, 01:08 AM
Never too late, Kathie. I think I will revise mine somewhat. I see stuff I want to change.

02-23-2010, 05:16 AM
Never to late. Get to that easel!

02-23-2010, 08:36 AM
agreed! never too late,, Git er done!

Charlie's Mum
02-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Nan, I think this is lovely in its simplicity. Very nice.

Sue, like yours too - you look very happy!
Don't fiddle!!!! (I want to do that too - but I'm resisting!!)

Michael - while I understand and appreciate the allusions (or some of them) it's difficult to judge whether it looks like you ;););) - did look at your website though :)

C'mon Kathie - never to late!!!

Connie's SP is absolutely fab - the one she mistakenly did in oils!!! She's using it for her avatar instead :D

02-23-2010, 12:46 PM
Gosh I struggled with this SO much, painted over and over and it came to a point I am immune to it and unable to see what's wrong anymore. So I will gesso over the canvas. What a horrible painting mine turned out to be I hate it!! :( I will redo it from scratch and post sometime next week.

Will be back in a bit and comment on others. I love most of them :) Kathie, it ain't late, I will give you company :)

02-23-2010, 03:15 PM
Howard.....thanks so much for doing this...it was fun!!

Ah Bob....alot of us are not gonna win a beauty contest again...but life goes on...plus the true beauty shows in the eyes...the windows of the soul!!


Mike...definitely alot of emotion in this!! And thank you!!

Sue....looks great to me!! Just wish I was still that young.

Well...Nithya...if this is a bad one...can't wait to see the next...you are a very beautiful lady!

Charlie's Mum
02-23-2010, 06:26 PM
Don't know why you're worried about this Nithya - it's lovely - as are you!!!! ;)

02-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Susan, so do I! It just said self portrait, not that you couldn't do it like you want to see yourself! A double chin gone, a wrinkle (or two) removed.......thank goodness it was taken from afar so I didn't have to do too much 'facelift'ing, lolol. Hey when we're in our 60's anything goes, right?

02-23-2010, 09:22 PM
Well...I have a few months till I can say I am in my sixties....but I was around in the 60's, for sure....:lol: then if you use the age Bubba makes me feeel some days?....whew...I am really old!!

02-23-2010, 10:44 PM
I have to say that everyone that submitted themselves did wonderfully.
Painting a self-portrait is one of the hardest things I have ever done.
It is so nice to put a face to a name, and to say as we look, "Heck that is wonderful!"
Hurrah for us all, and a special thank-you to Howard for hosting this fun event.

We are a good looking bunch aren't we?:clap::thumbsup::):music::lol::wink2::cool:

02-23-2010, 10:52 PM
We are nothing but beautiful, Kathleen!

02-23-2010, 10:56 PM
I have my " eye " on you all!
I had a ball!
Really enjoyed the process, and seeing all the others,,

02-23-2010, 11:26 PM
I saw everyone's portraits earlier today and just wanted to jump in - albeit a quick one tonight. Haven't done a self portrait in a long time - haven't really painted people in fact in awhile! This was a nice break from painting buildings :lol:

Had a little round mirror clamped to the easel and my lighting was awful...but it was a good exercise for me. I pushed myself to work fast.


You've all done so well - lots of :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: for everyone!

02-24-2010, 01:12 AM
Beautiful Celeste!!!

02-24-2010, 01:53 AM
Hi all, ok I did mine.. tonight in 4 hrs.. so far, but see alot I need to fix.
I tried to be a little looser and less detailed with more brushstrokes. Realy is blotchy and not blended much, I need to adjust the neck came down to far. I took it from my avatar photo.
8x10" Wrap canvas.

02-24-2010, 03:00 AM
Lovely Celeste and Kathie! That was so quick Kathie, and it looks younger than your avatar photo :) Lovely!

Thank you Maureen and Sue, if I show you the reference you will see what a bad job I did. :(

02-24-2010, 08:44 AM
I'm loving this! these are all great!

Charlie's Mum
02-24-2010, 09:08 AM
Aw Celeste - you're still beautiful! ;) Lovely work. Such good skin tones and brushwork.

Kathie - you made it! Bravo - and it's lovely! :) - I like it loose too!

Nithya - please email the ref to me .... might just make me paint a portrait (something I never do, but should!!!)

02-24-2010, 02:14 PM
Beautiful portraits from all. Well done......always wanted to paint my avatar so......12 x16 canvas........


Charlie's Mum
02-24-2010, 03:27 PM
Oh how nice Tony - love that you included the guitar - so vital a part of you! :D :thumbsup:

02-24-2010, 03:49 PM
Love your portrait Tony, perfect with the guitar. Cool stuff!

02-24-2010, 04:57 PM
I have a great respect for the Native American and support several charities for NA children. I have some NA in me, but always wanted to be a full blooded NA and live on a Pueblo. I did a self portrait with a palette knife in a SEMI-ABSTRACT fashion. The eyes, nostrils and lips were the only parts done with brush. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2010/193926-DSC_0002.JPG

02-24-2010, 06:04 PM
In for a penny in for a pound/dollar/euro, well done everyone, I am in awe of the talent here......I wanted to have a go but only had about 40 minutes (children duties) so I thought the smaller the quicker, it's on a scrap of white card and I've already had one C&C from her indoors who says I don't look that fat or grumpy (bless her)...........:thumbsup:


Photo is pants, took nearly as long to photograph as it did to paint!...(just noticed that the glasses are odd too.......B*&%**&!!!!

02-24-2010, 07:44 PM
i like this. its growing.

02-25-2010, 12:09 AM
TJ, Mart great portraits!!
Dick, how creative, Great idea!! Love all the colors!

02-25-2010, 01:50 AM
This is not finished but my schedule lately has not allowed me time to work more on it. Approx. 7x10"

I'll go view the other entries now :)


02-25-2010, 02:05 AM
Maureen - love the orangey red one the best but I love the

smile in the blue version :)

Sharon - that "Biz-style" portrait is cool!

ArtChrispy - looks like they had not yet opened the bubbly at

the company Christmas party? Nice job.

Lynne - what a lovely group. I like the one with the

continuous line the best

Steve - cool job on both

Kathleen - such a look of bliss - wonderful!!

Inky - such a groovy hat and I love your relaxed expression

Trevor - what a wonderful piercing expression to your eyes!

Mary - oooh a real closeup, hey? I think we might have very

similar glasses

Elaine - LOVE IT!!!! I notice you added a wee bit of colour to

the eyes, lips, and earring ... was that just for me? :)

Gayle - love those eyes!

Howard - such a striking expression with your eyebrows!

Susan - wonderful job on the subtle parts to the nose and

mouth. Your eyelashes and eyebrows are terrific!

Dee - there's your spunky new hairstyle!

Nancie - love the hair treatment

ribeyed - love the symbolism here

Sue - now THAT is a gorgeous smile!!!

nithya - love that relaxed posture. So cool!!

Celeste - love the mouth

Kathie - looks JUST like your avatar. Love the hair

Tony - how awesome to include your guitar!

Richard - so cool - particular the blue under the eyes

Mart - cool dude!

Charlie's Mum
02-25-2010, 09:07 AM
Excellent painting Richard - like it!

Mart - just you!! :) ... and I'm sure you're not grumpy either! (or fat!!!)

EP - the nearest I've seen to realism from you! Love the hat and smile :D

Charlie's Mum
02-25-2010, 10:51 AM
I'm posting the Rogues' Gallery in the hope you all see it before we close down :D
Please let me know if I've missed anyone - I'll edit and add any which come later.


02-25-2010, 11:36 AM
EP - the nearest I've seen to realism from you! Love the hat and smile :D

:D Thank you :) :lol:

Shirl Parker
02-25-2010, 11:50 AM
Maureen, I thank you and on behalf of future newbies to WC Acrylic forum and current forgetful ones, I thank you for including the names on the portraits for posterity. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

02-25-2010, 12:17 PM
Nice job Kathie!!

Tony...I like the inclusion of the guitar also!!

WOW Richard....so great!! I ought to do one of my hubby like that...two of his grandfathers were full-blooded and one a chief.

Martin....wow all these quick ones are great!!

EP...you are here!!!

02-25-2010, 12:44 PM
I was not going to participate, but after continually reading this thread I was compelled to pull out the original portriate I started because of this same assignment i think almost 2 years ago. I had gotten frustrated and it's been sitting in the "HOLD" pile for over a year. 'veI changed a lot to the original picture such as skin color hat etc. it's no where near completed but i'm late already so i thought I'd show what is done.

02-25-2010, 01:09 PM
Susme48. My wife and I would love to go to the 2nd Mesa and live there for 1 year - so much to learn - so much to paint and photograph and my wife being a writer and Certified Yoga instructor, so much to write and so many poses to do. We went there for 4 days and staying for a full year is not allowed - but maybe some day it will be.

Charlie's Mum
02-25-2010, 01:42 PM
Maureen, I thank you and on behalf of future newbies to WC Acrylic forum and current forgetful ones, I thank you for including the names on the portraits for posterity. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

lol Shirl - I took note ;) ;) ;) ......... and where's yours?

Karen - I'll be adding your pic - unless you want to finish it first?
May not get it added before the shut-down :eek:

02-25-2010, 02:49 PM
I don't think I'll be "finishing" mine anytime soon. I had intended to give it to my father.

I've tried to work on it a couple of times since I got back from the funeral...its just hard to paint with my eyes full of tears. :crying:

Maybe someday I'll be able to work on it again...but for now, its as done as its gonna get.

02-25-2010, 04:39 PM
Wow, don't they all look great together there? :clap:

Thank you so much Maureen for putting up the rogues gallery!:thumbsup:

And many thanks to Howard for hosting this challenge. It's been such great fun.

Charlie's Mum
02-25-2010, 05:20 PM
Aw Dee - that's so sad ... I'm sorry to hear your news. :grouphug:

Steev L
02-26-2010, 08:08 AM
I posted this one a while ago but i guess i can put it in here. i did it in more of an expressive style almost like a charicature haha, but i think its a fun painting, its 36"x28" so its pretty large and leaves quite an impression

02-26-2010, 09:11 AM
More fantastic portraits, I did a revision on mine, have to get another photo though.

Maureen are you going to do another grouping, I guess mine got in too late for your collage. Looks great all together!:thumbsup:

Finished tweeking it.. calling it done.

02-26-2010, 11:49 AM
Susan - thank you. I don't get around to post much in WOYE or the Quick Dry Cafe these days

Karen - so jolly!

Steev - so striking!!

Kathie - lovely finish. Maybe Maureen can insert it into the gallery?

Charlie's Mum
02-26-2010, 12:54 PM
I'll be adding and editing Kathie - didn't realise I'd missed you!:eek: - so sorry. :o

Steev - certainly makes and impressive statement!!!

Charlie's Mum
02-26-2010, 01:07 PM
Post #183 - the Gallery post.

Please check I have you all in!!!

I will do a separate Rogues Gallery for the Information Kiosk when we've finished this thread :D

02-26-2010, 01:13 PM
I think I got missed too.

02-26-2010, 01:45 PM
Hey Maureen. I was missed too. Looks great! :)

Charlie's Mum
02-26-2010, 03:00 PM
Oops - I remember doing the small sizes and naming them - obviously 'lost' them from my file - :o :o

So sorry Celeste and Chris.

I hope it's complete now :rolleyes: evenso, I still can add :D

02-26-2010, 05:43 PM
Maureen I missed getting in, hope you can add mine. shrl
Painted with skin color and raw umber for face, green burnt sienna and white for background.
Love the Rogue's Galley it is so interesting to see so many wonderful and different styles of paintings.


02-26-2010, 06:14 PM
Love it Purple!

Charlie's Mum
02-26-2010, 06:25 PM
Done shrl.
Must say that's a very impressive SP - very nice!:D

02-26-2010, 06:33 PM
Thank you Mary and thanks you Maureen, now I'm going to look again at all these wonderful entries.

02-27-2010, 01:15 AM
Shrl...very nice!!

Neat, Steely!!

02-27-2010, 02:26 AM
*Hand waving wildly in air* mine's missing.

Charlie's Mum
02-27-2010, 09:35 AM
So sorry Sue - you're back in the fold now - out of the cold! :eek:

Anyone else feeling left out? :o

02-27-2010, 05:54 PM
Please go ahead & put mine in, if its okay. Any changes I might make to it...someday...would be just little details. But its okay "as is".

Charlie's Mum
02-27-2010, 06:29 PM
I've got you in now Dee - and if you do change before I make a final version (if necessary) I'll change the image for you!:D Actually, I don't see anything wrong with this one! I like it as is :D

02-27-2010, 06:38 PM

My eyes are a little "wonky"...but sometimes they ARE! :lol:

02-27-2010, 07:16 PM
lolol, aren't we all, Dee.....

02-27-2010, 08:25 PM
wonder why I cropped mine so as to only have one eye in it????

Vivien Maloney
02-27-2010, 11:21 PM
Hope I'm not too late with my self-portrait, but when I saw the site hadn't gone down, I had time to finish it.
9in x 12in, on Acrylic paper, and used Burnt Umber and White Acrylics.
C & Cs welcome.

02-28-2010, 06:05 AM
wonder why I cropped mine so as to only have one eye in it????

You were being enigmatic, Mary, a woman of mystery! :wink2: :thumbsup:

Nice one, Viv. I have enjoyed viewing all the new ones too, they have been as much fun to view as the taking part. Brilliant!:clap:

02-28-2010, 09:24 AM
Wow, the self portraits were all very interesting and interesting to see the different styles. :thumbsup: Someday I might get brave and try one, but I'll probably do it in secret.:o

02-28-2010, 02:41 PM
Really nice Viv!! Aw Patti...it doesn't hurt!

02-28-2010, 03:16 PM
Patti, be brave... we promise to keep your secret if you share with us! :D :wink2:

02-28-2010, 03:40 PM
Hi everyone,Ive just done this earlier,hoping to catch up,my tummy is upset,,so very slow today,,plush not satisfied with my WDE,,,
here is me,done while looking atmyself at webcam,,,seems like doesnt look like me,,
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2010/215691-IMG_6583.JPG Gessoed Canvas,45/60 cm...

02-28-2010, 04:04 PM
Lovely portrait, Agnes. :clap:

I hope your tummy is better soon.:wave:

Charlie's Mum
02-28-2010, 06:12 PM
Hey - nice to see new ones added!
Like the sepia Viv - and Agnes - that's colourful!
They're both very nice!

I'll add them to the Gallery tomorrow - it's late here and I need my bed!!! Not up to scratch today either Agnes :( ... hope you're OK by tomorrow though :)

02-28-2010, 10:51 PM
Really nice Viv!! Aw Patti...it doesn't hurt!Ha, that's what you say Susan, but you don't have to paint me.:lol: :o :D :lol:

Charlie's Mum
03-01-2010, 08:38 AM
Viv and Agnes added to gallery post 183 :) ... still room for any more :) ... Patti? :evil: :) :D

03-01-2010, 10:13 AM
I'll pass on this one Maureen. :p I do want to try a portrait sometime and I've been saying that for years. I always find something else to do and I always have so many things I want to try... just don't have enough time for all my hobbies... forget housework, I do that as I go so I don't have to spend forever and a day cleaning.:o

I enjoyed looking though.:thumbsup:

03-01-2010, 02:42 PM
Agnes...nicely done! Remember the mirror image thingy....what we see is not what others do.....we see a mirror image, and they don't, nor does the camera...or something like that. Took me forever to figure out why my hair was parted on the 'wrong' side in photos. I always thought that what I saw was what other people saw.

This has been fun!

03-01-2010, 03:27 PM
Took me forever to figure out why my hair was parted on the 'wrong' side in photos

That brought a smile to my face thank you :wave:

03-02-2010, 07:03 AM
Saw the challenge this morning on one of my visits so I hope that this is not too late. This was painted as a result of another challenge by my painting mentor and was done in monochrome initially with the colours glazed in afterwards. The reason for the rather dour look is because, 20 minutes before the photo was taken and from which I worked, I lost a dental crown at the front. Smiling would have rather infra dig.


Charlie's Mum
03-02-2010, 10:06 AM
Nice portrait Doug - how long did it take? Looks very accomplished :D
Hope you can smile now :D :D

Charlie's Mum
03-02-2010, 10:14 AM
PS - You're now in the Gallery too Doug - post #183 ........ and it's good to see you back in the forum! :)

03-02-2010, 10:55 AM
Wow! awesome portrait Doug!

03-02-2010, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the kind words Maureen. I can't recall accurately how long this took me but I guess it was probably around 10 hours. This was a second attempt. The first, painted alla prima, was pretty rough. Using glaze gave me much greater control over the finished product.

And yes, I can smile again!

Thanks Nithya, glad you liked it.


03-02-2010, 08:03 PM
Thumbs up Doug!! nice to see you!

03-04-2010, 01:00 PM
This was done for a MAPS van Gogh challenge in 2008. So it's ITSO van Gogh. Long since painted over. Not sure size, probably 12 x 16.

03-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Everyone has done Fabulous portraits.. love seeing the unique styles and faces. thanks Howard for this fun challenge!!
Thank you Maureen for doing the collage/gallery!!!

Charlie's Mum
03-16-2010, 11:51 AM
This thread is now closed to further postings of Self Portraits, but still open for comments.