Sunday, March 30, 2008
The one and only self portrait of me in existence. Oil on linen, 14"x16"
This was done six years ago during a residency on Westport Island, Maine. It was a great experience, and it was the first time I really threw myself into painting en plein air. And whenever the weather was really lousy, I would work in the gorgeous studios in front of a mirror. This was the result. Not too bad, but I daresay I've come a long way as a painter since then.
Should I do a new one? I'm interested, but perhaps more interested in portraits of others, not to mention the figure and the landscape. The phenomenal Jacob Collins does them quite often, for reasons known only to him. They seem like a cross between academic exercise and memento mori to me. I know that the wonderful Maine artist Martha Miller (see also blog link to the right) does them not only because she adores the portrait, but also as a narrative to reflect, and not just record. Perhaps I feel that my self-reflection is already present in part in all my work - I don't know, really. It's not an imperative for me. There are visions I'm really longing to fulfill, and an SP is not on the list at the moment.
Should I consider it more strongly? If I get any feedback at all, I may.