Thursday, November 20, 2008

A decorative Lorna!

Pencil Self-portrait

Picked up the pencil and drew this in my drawing book this morning. I could relax and not hold my head in a pose drawing from a photograph. Everything was set where it was easy for me to see. Drawing other people is never this much problem!

Miss T has asked; "If you 'cheat' who will you be cheating?" The 'cheat' was not drawing from life as the original commission stipulated. Photography is an intervention between my direct response to my image/self. So now I must search harder to produce a picture with integrity. I am curious now at how far I can push this image and still have a likeness of your truly.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Do I cheat?

Spent an interesting few hours with the camera and photoshop. I like this result the best but no way can I paint this from life. So do I cheat?

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Watercolour and chalk for this one. Sagging skin is difficult ... I am vain enough not to want to put emphasis on the double chin but stern enough not to ignore it. The other problem is wearing vari-focal glasses ... have to sit at the exactly right distance to see my face. So I am either to close or to far away.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008


My son has asked for my self-portrait done from life and not a photo for Christmas. This is a toughy as I have to decide what I want to reveal about myself. The bullet points above are my daughter R's considered repose to the first small sketch I attempted. Sigh ...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Elms in Snow

Ink drawing
272 x 195 mm

'The Elms' is one of Eynsham's listed buildings. I day dream about living there if by some miracle I became wealthy enough to buy it.

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