I gave myself two assignments today. I set out to do a self portrait in only black and white with one flat brush, all to be completed in 25 minutes total. Even though the outcome is not 100% me, I achieved what I set out to do. Side-note: The portrait reminds me of a comedianne who used to appear in things in the 70's--She had huge eyes. I just can't think who it is. (I realize the eyes are too big, but I kept to the 25 minute thing and I'm not going to revisit it).
As for my other assignment...well, Thomas Kitts has convinced me that I should try what he does to prepare panels. He takes a panel (any type) and scrapes lead white over it, forcing the paint into the weave of the canvas. I found some Schmincke lead white, donned my gloves and had a go. (I had asked Thomas if he was worried about toxicity.... he replied, "Well, I am not going to chew it or sand it....so, no". I wasn't crazy about this support/ground project, I found it taxing--it made my hand hurt, scraping scraping scraping, and I just could not get it smooth. I wondered, can't I just buy better supports that require no scraping? On the plus side, I did this outside and it was a super-nice day.
I noticed that the skull on the lead white tin was really quite friendly looking. Interesting design decision. I like skull imagery...I guess I can attribute that to my penchant for cemeteries and pirates. I will try these new surfaces after they've dried in about a week.
I've tossed in a photo of my beautiful brown Maine Coon cat Moofie into this post...he can often look menacing too-------but not really.
UPDATE: I really wracked my brain trying to think who my self portrait looked like (more than me) --finally the name registered with me! It is Carol Kane. I am quite certain the idea behind self portrait painting is not to paint all these other people. Funny how many of my portraits seem like people aside from who I mean to paint. Some sort of attention lapses. I'll work to correct this.