I have decided to challenge myself with doing things I have never done. Mostly, this involves working with materials that I’m completely unfamiliar with. This is not comfortable. I know though, that growth is never comfortable.
I’m doing quiteof bit travel lately, which doesn’t lend well to my highly textured paintings (hard to transport due to slow dry time). I’ve decided to make the most of this time on the road and push myself way outside my comfort zone. It gives me the opportunity to work with mediums I wouldn’t work with otherwise, but also to learn along with the way with experimentation.
I decided to share this process.
I have been very interested in working on some self-portraits. We are our hardest critic, so I thought it would be a good challenge to try to paint myself. I have always done portraits with oils. They are slow to dry, which offers more manipulation and capabilities to blend. I decided for traveling purposes, I would try to acrylics for a self-portrait. I worked in layers, which is something I’m not use to doing. Here is the beginning of this process. I will update again as I get further in the process.