Self portrait using a mirror

2019, Myself, Paintings

I attended a summer course at Holbæk Kunsthøjskole earlier this year. The teacher (all round brilliant dude, Søren Martinsen) quickly noticed how much I love using the grid method to transfer a nice static photograph to the canvas. So he asked me to try to do a portrait from life – in this case using a mirror to produce a self portrait.

I dunno how well it really turned out – it is CERTAINLY affected by my own idea of what I think I look like. Probably more so than what I could see in the mirror.

Then there’s also the factor that I sped up my work process (and my impatience) to the extreme during the course. I wanted to get as much done as possible, and kinda wore myself out. What I’m getting at is, I may have decided things were as done as they could be a little too early. Its very common to start worrying that more work will ruin a piece rather than improve it. But still..

Having said as much (more than on any other post) – I did like to work with a bunch of strong colors instead of the usual beige-y skin tones of Scandinavia.

Stare into the abyss!