Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Self portrait

I can only remember attempting a self portrait once before.  It wasn't very good.  I wasn't very serious about it and had used the back of some scratch paper and a ballpoint pen.  This time I was a little more enthusiastic after watching a video that Lisa Gloria just posted about.  Still …. not so serious as to get out the oil paints.
Self portrait, aprox. 6" x 4", gouache, © 2013, Nancy Van Blaricom

Instead I got out my gouache and gave it a try.  
I started out by sketching with a pen, then once I thought it was going in the right direction I started using the gouache.

I don't think this is and exact likeness, but, my husband recognized it as a portrait of me…. thats encouraging right?,
I did enjoy working not this one and hope when I attempt to use oils it will be as fun.


  1. Now all you have to do is work on a smile. :) Then it will be perfect.

  2. Thank you Dave… funny thing is I was more intent on figuring out where the values needed attention. Smiling was the last thing on my mind. Maybe I can concentrate on smiling next time. lol

  3. Even without a smile, it is a nice piece!