Studio Notes

a pair of geese flew by; outside my studio window; i’m glad elephants don’t fly

The Offering, a self-portrait in progress

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The Offering, a self-portrait in progress

The Offering, a self-portrait in progress

I was originally holding a mobile phone while making a selfie in front of a mirror in Italy some years ago. I made a few graphite sketches of myself holding an apple; and then made a small, 12 by 8 inches, painting soon after.

I started this large painting during the last three days of 2016, and then on the last night I decided that a persimmon makes a better offering because a ripen persimmon is candy sweet. But it must be ripe! Otherwise its texture on your tongue will be like you have licked a ball of fur, and it will feel this way for many unpleasant minutes. When given a chance to properly ripen (it is soft and fragile when ripe), you will be rewarded by Mother Nature’s candy.

I quite like the painting as it is, sketchy, but I like to do a bit more edits and finishing in a few areas while maintaining the sketchy brush marks.

Update I: Woke up early in the morning to do more tweaking to the hat, the head and face, the persimmon, and replaced the trees with a weeping willow. There will be more to do.

Update IWoke up early in the morning to do more tweaking to the hat, the head and face, the persimmon, and replaced the trees with a weeping willow. There will be more to do.

Update II: I think this piece is coming to a closure. I am please with the posture, the tilt of the head, and the subtle melancholic mood. I have a few more adjustments to do, but I will leave it for another day.

Update II: I think this piece is coming to a closure. I am please with the posture, the tilt of the head, and the subtle melancholic mood. I have a few more adjustments to do, but I will leave it for another day.

The Offering, a self-portrait in progress updated. Oil on braced panel. 36 by 24 inches. Update III: This is the tone and colour of my skin in shadow with a bright light source behind me. 

The Offering, a self-portrait in progress updated. Oil on braced panel. 36 by 24 inches.

Update III: This is the tone and colour of my skin in shadow with a bright light source behind me.