The end product. Oil paint on canvas, painted wooden frame.
This has been sent in to the Ruth Borchard self-portrait prize.
The work 40, 42, & 45 was painted over the last 5 years, with a nod to Dorian Gray. This painting has grown old with me, being revised every now and then.
The bored and or angry look from the sitter is a result of the concentration of staring at a mirror. I’ve used this work as a testing-ground for ideas on colour, texture, focus and perspective. I hope you like it.
Four of the earlier states. You can see the influences of 1. a new paint thinners called Zest, 2. Otto Mueller, 3. Jean De Buffet 4. Rembrandt
There is a little bit of spangly blue and gold nail varnish on the eye and the watch.
This shows some of the texture. This came about when mucking about with a palette knife.
A close up of the face. The colours are fighting and working together at the same time.