Saturday, June 6, 2009

Self Portraits Like Hybrid Flowers

Here's something to ponder. How many different ways would you consider painting a self portrait? What kind of freedom would you allow yourself and what is your statement on 'you'?



You can see that my approach has been all over the place and this has been a good practice over the years, yet...


Self portraits have always been most uncomfortable for me. Unless they are in some way self narrative or abstracted, it is hard for me to do them.

This last week I gave myself permission to do a representational one and, am not too disturbed by the likeness. This painting is 8" x "10", oil on canvas.
The others are: Doglady self portrait (37" x 48" oil on canvas), In Your Face (15 1/2" x 20" monotype), and Churchlady (38" x 48" oil on canvas).

17 comments:

Manon said...

Hi Melinda,
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your work is terrific! I will definitely be back!

Katherine said...

I would be so peased with myself if I painted Dog Lady. Fantastic!

Melinda said...

Hi Manon,
It was great visiting your blog. I love your work.

Thank you for visiting. I do hope you'll come by again!

Melinda said...

Hi Katherine,
You know, I was pretty pleased with myself (shyly grinning) when I completed this one. It was a lot of fun.

Thank you so much for visiting!

laura said...

Wow! I really admire your creativeness in your self-portraits--they're fascinating! And your most recent one is great too--very nicely painted; the light and colors are wonderful.
It is a weird exercise; I'd like to more of them too!

Melinda said...
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Melinda said...

It is a good exercise, Laura. Well worth doing--even if a bit uncomfortable.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linny D. Vine said...

They're all great, Melinda!!! I like that you kept the representative piece loose...even more difficult when one it doing a self portrait in a representational style. (I have a running joke with an artist friend that an artist must have painted pears, crows, cows and a self portrait to be considered a 'real artist.)

Melinda said...

Thanks, Linny! I guess I better go buy some pears and set up my paints outside to catch the crows! I have painted cows in Wales, but that was a very, very long time ago!

I'm on my way, yes?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I don't think I commented on these and I must be crazy! I especially love the one that looks like you, but they are all wonderful. You are such a talented artist.

xoxoxoBarbara

Melinda said...

Thank you, Barbara! You're not crazy. You're a fabulously busy artist.

Anonymous said...

Love the whimsy in your self portraits. Very imaginative and expressive. Every one so different.
Jean

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jean! I like that word, "whimsy." It would be fun to do more of these kinds of portraits. Well, it would be fun to have more whimsy everywhere, yes?

loriann signori said...

I love your collection of self portraits Melinda. Each one is definitely unique. I wonder how you would describe your stage of life in relation to the different self portraits....hmmm? I especially like the way you created the hair this time.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Loriann! Your comments are always so thoughtful. Yes, each self portrait is a short narrative on a stage in my life. The youngest one is a self portrait in monotype that I did from a photo. It was a documentation of the day before I had my first child. The one next to it, doglady, is a narrative of my feelings of suffering, surviving and an interest in the positive characteristics of dogs. The third one is about feeling disconnected and confused by modern social topics, i. e., religion, feminism and personal freedom. The last one, most current, is a more real self portrait with lots of color, because I feel my head is full of art and color!

I agree with you--I had lots of fun painting the hair, adding color, scratching away layers and adding more.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

I like the bottom one best Melinda =;-))

Jeffrey

Melinda said...

Thanks, Jeffrey! I appreciate your stopping by. Your work is wonderful.