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February 19, 2009 - 10:45 pm

I'VE GOT EYES!

Eyes added

Face improved. Working on mirror illusion and space behind mirror illusion. Illusion is very hard work.

P.S. None of these photos give an accurate version of the actual colours of the painting. I don't know why it is impossible to upload anything which shows the true colours of any original. Maybe it's my camera, maybe it's Photoshop, maybe it's Dreamweaver, maybe it's the web, maybe it's the weather.

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February 19, 2009

CLOSER TO TRAPPING SELF

Latest version of self

Here is the latest, unfinished version and the mirror I stare into. I decided to incorporate part of the mirror itself into the painting and also include a thin slice of the room behind it on the right-hand side of the canvas.

I like the idea of trying to represent four levels of reality/unreality simultaneously: the mirror, the image reflected in it, the painting, the person looking in the mirror (but is it really me?) It's far from finished but I'm not going to scrape this one out. I'm worried that there's so much paint on this canvas it will never be dry by the deadline for delivering the work (14 March).

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February 10, 2009

THE ELUSIVE SELF

The portrait has not been going well. For the benefit of anyone interested in the process, I'm posting some of the states below. I'm now on the fourth scrape-it-all-out-and-start-again: the last painting in the set below is no more. Kaputt.

Some of what I'm struggling with is:
1. The sad grey winter light and the shortness of days.
2. Indecisiveness about what approach I want to take.
3. Tendency to overdo and thus lose something that was going well.
4. Having become used to the speed and ease of digital painting and its marvellous "UNDO" option, unfortunately unavailable in real-life oil painting.
5. The infuriating, seductive, non-user-friendly character of oil paint.
6. An angry nostalgia for bygone years when I was able to toss off a really quite good portrait in a few hours.
7. Bad mood due to all the above plus some extra stuff not worth mentioning.

Okay, I know: Fail again. Fail better.

I'll keep going. A desire to please is the enemy. Must keep that in mind.

Second self deleted  New Self 1

New Self 3New Self 4

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February 3, 2009

ON WATCHING THE SNOW FALL

That something so soft, so fragile, so gentle, so playful can transform the world in an hour or less is surely an example to reflect upon. Suddenly the noise and chaos are hushed. People walk down the street laughing. Even the ugliest object wears a sparkling mantle of loveliness, nothing is left out.

PERMALINK

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