Friday, March 26, 2010

Self-Portrait Friday...

Last week I started to participate in Nina Bagley's Self-Portrait Fridays. Instead of posting a photo like I did last week, I thought I'd paint a painting.

I know I should have been devoting my focus to work, but my soul called out to stop and make something. The Artist in me demanded that I paint a painting. Above is the result. Unfortunately it doesn't do the piece justice; the colors just don't pop like they do in person. The bright, fiery little ladybugs against the cool, dark purple background usually makes the insects seem to scuttle about.

On a collage background, I used a faux fresco technique. No, I did not have a snake on my neck. The snake is a reference to a recent blog post I made about needing breathing room and how my obligations were like a snake, coiling around my neck and constricting. The ladybugs are also a reference to a recent blog post about how this would be my magic year. It felt good to make this piece of work.

(The painting is small 6 inches by 10 and half inches and mounted on board.)

12 comments:

Teri and Amber said...

Freeing to listen to our soul. Looks like yours is saying some pretty amazing things. Love the painting.

FunkyMonkey Girls said...

Very very cool!!!! you are so talented!

Jolene

Round Rabbit said...

What a wonderful self-portrait!

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

It looks great! I really like the depth of the background and the ladybugs.

moonlitfantaseas said...

Wow, Andrew, you are an amazingly talented man.....it seems you are really good at what ever medium you choose to use to express your self......you are truely blessed

Donna Wong said...

van an, not van goh, but your's is truly amazing. but, hapa haole, you're better looking in person!
You're another branch in the family of artists.

Jamar said...

You just proved my point!!!!
You are simply Andrew!!!!!
It's great, Artissimo!!!!

stregata said...

It is wonderful - thanks for sharing!

Iviva Olenick said...

LOVE it!!!

belvedere beads said...

No apologies allowed, when your brushes are singing to you - you have to sing along. What a beautiful painting.

Jeannie said...

Andrew I'm stunned and mesmerized by this painting. Faux Fresco is the "mother of all art." I paint to, but I'll never master this technique.
It requires a solid knowledge of structure, form and a lot of different painting mediums.

Probably why I like collage and abstract.

Your artistic talent and vision is beyond my scope of.... anything and everything.

Sabbio said...

Wonderful portrait and textures! I will come back ;)