I know that last week I posted a picture of my self-portrait, patted myself on the back, and called it complete. Well, that was all before I showed it to Martha. Instantly she found about 15 things that need to be fixed in the painting. Actually, I don’t think there was any part of the painting that she didn’t have a suggestion to improve. As luck would have it, there was an equipment malfunction that required us to start a new day-long painting in Martha’s class. Instead I spent the day working on my self-portrait…
Well, here’s the updated, not to say newly completed, version.
I don’t know if I should enumerate the changes I’ve made. Actually, I’m pretty curious to know how much the differences are obvious to the average viewer. If you are completely bored, or earnestly curious, you could download the previous version and look at the two images side-by-side. This makes the changes pretty clear. If anyone actually does so, please post a comment or send me an email.
It has been my experience that it is far easier to spot problems with someone else’s work than with your own. That said, I am very fortunate to have been able to subject my portrait to the scrutiny of Martha Mayer Erlebacher. She is an extremely adept and experienced artist. I am quite saddened to learn that she is going to be moving to a part-time schedule next year at the Academy. No doubt this will allow her more time to spend on her own work, but it will be a great loss to incoming students.
All of this transpired before the Thanksgiving break. I had hoped to post pictures over the break, but alas, the pictures I took did not turn out well at all.
Today was another class with Steven Assael. We’re working on a multi-week painting. I’ll have a couple more weeks to work on this one, but it has reached a point that I’m willing to show an in-progress image.