Another painting including hands as an integral part of the composition.|
I used prussion blue in my shirt that I am wearing and it has now badly faded. I should have perhaps used thalo blue as it is more permament.
It is worth pointing out that I have always painted the self portraits working directly from a mirror, rather than photographs.
From this point of my development on, I chose to paint increasingly awkward and unusual poses. Acting as both the model and the artist
presented me with serious challenges. In order to paint my right hand for example, I have to put the brush down, study the pose in the
mirror and then pick up the brush and work from memory. It can be a painstaking processs, sometimes bordering on masochistic.
There was a lot of performance and conceptual art happening in the 80's art world, often involving masochistic and seemingly pointless
repetitive acts of endurence. I started to consider the act of painting these self portraits to be like that in some way, and the
resulting painting merely the record