Tuesday, January 31, 2012
They say that the best way to learn portrait painting is to do self-portraits. My problem though, is that I wear glasses and they add a level of complexity to the face. So, I was wondering what would happen if I try to paint a self-portrait without glasses, which means - painting without seeing well.
Well, in spite of having almost no resemblance, I like this portrait as a painting. This experiment forced me to work loosely and there was no risk of fiddling. I like the accidental spills of pigment, the un-softened edges and the quick suggestive brushstrokes. So, does bad vision lead to looser painting? Or... is loose painting a sign of bad vision? ;-)