I was hoping to get some insight about portrait painting. I recalled that Picasso and Portraiture was chock full of interesting articles. When I opened it up, one of my old sketches fell out. This is a portrait of my older brother Mike. Mike is low functioning and autistic and nonverbal and now resides in […]
This sign is on a big, metal, yellow-orange box that was humming in the heat. Was this box the ‘equipment’ and it had automatically started? If not, where was it and what did it do and, most importantly… WHAT WAS SO DANGEROUS?? With no answers in sight, at least I got a selfie.
Multiple reflections and geometric divisions provide the environment for this self portrait. The large repetitive rectangles in the foreground and the smaller ones superimposed thereon, are reminiscent of unrolled strips of photographic film. Thus, even though this is a digital photograph, it is an homage to film photography.
The short answer is, “The paper made me do it.” It is oblong (approximately 5×8 inches). I had to fit my features within this constraint. I have also started wading into my new book, Paul Klee: Irony at Work, by Angela Lampe, Michael Baumgartner. There are a series of portraits at the beginning that captured my […]
Some say creativity ebbs and flows. For me, it’s no fun when it is at low tide. Today’s sketch is a self portrait. Instead of looking in a mirror, I used my phone camera. I snapped a couple of pictures of myself. They were backwards, when I looked at them later. The lighting was good […]
I am inspired by the line drawings of Paul Klee, the icons of Joan Miró and lines and color patches of Vassily Kandinsky. The study below is a portrait of myself with an eye open to the dreamscape that I visit nearly every night.
The outlined figures of Joan Miró were in my mind when I started this composition. I was in my thinking pose as I tried to decide how to proceed. I became aware of the position of my hand on my brow and copied it onto the paper. I superimposed concentric curves on the face I […]
I’m having a milestone birthday today. It’s not like it used to be. Nobody knows what I was like when I was a kid any more. They’re all gone. I won’t have to listen to Dad’s yearly reminiscence that I made him miss breakfast the day I was born; I won’t get a call from […]
I could not resist putting myself in this snapshot. To tell the truth, it was nearly impossible to keep the camera shadow out of the shot. However, a good photograph is in part, about photography, about the photographer and of course, about the subject. In portraiture, there is interaction between the photographer and the person […]