Sunday, May 2, 2010

Erzherzog Edwald

After a hiatus, and a couple of lousy paintings that I won't post here, I have made a portrait, this time of myself, having borrowed the jacket from Erzherzog Karl, one of the important Habsburgers, late 19th century. This is painted with acrylics on 40 x 50 cm masonite, which had been coated with a white film. The paint didn't want to stick to the film surface very well. I guess I should have used the other side, and done the ground work myself. Or, roughed the white surface up with sandpaper before painting.

Anyhow, this portrait took a couple of evenings, and I think I might record my progression with an annual self-portrait. Possibly I will end up with a heap of them, like Rembrandt did.

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