One year ago today, according to facebook, I posted a blog entry (https://www.marthakellyart.com/blog/more-self-portraits4708807) about doing self portraits in Paris, and I’m at it again. Being here is always a time of reflection and experimentation for me, and reflections and self portraits seem to go hand in hand. I’ve seen several marvelous ones in museums lately by other artists, and I always seem drawn to literal self examination when I’m also doing my yearly emotional accounting while walking some miles each day. Plus I have the time to get away from show work and play a little bit, though I’ve also done show work today.
I’m in a facebook group called Self Portrait Sundays, which I don’t always participate in, depending on how busy I am and what other art I’m making any given day. But I got back on the wagon this week with the vacation schedule and a nice full length mirror here in the bedroom. I’m spending the trip experimenting with gouache and trying to get more comfortable with it. That’s definitely a work in progress, but on Sunday , after I had done the still life I needed to for my show next month, I took the still wet paints into the mirror and tried a couple of very small ones. I’m also playing around with a new white gel pen and a felt tip fude pen (with a bendable nib that lets you get more line variation). I used both on the brown paper I’ve been using for goache.
I don’t want to use all my gouache paper for drawing, and it’s quite small (the two gouache studies are 2x3”), so I found a brown paper sketch pad at a stationery store and got it to play with. I think I’ll try some landscapes with this pen combination as well. It’s fast and fun, and it either works or it doesn’t, much like watercolor.