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: 1ST Art Show Exercise - Self Portrait


Bushcraftonfire
03-27-2016, 06:55 PM
Since the consensus seems to be that everyone would like to have a weekly subject I thought this would be the most appropriate place on the forum to do so!! If Admin later puts up a special forum for it.. then we can move this post (and any others).

The first week will be dedicated to self portraits. Take your time.. this isn't a race.. and it's not a "contest" so to speak. Everyone is a winner if you just set your mind to it and put up a piece to share with the rest of us. The point of this exercise is to broaden our horizons and to increase our skill levels in each particular subject range. Just do your best.. and learn from one another's work!

You will have until next Sunday at midnight Eastern time (That's Sun Night/Monday AM) to put a piece up here for others to enjoy. After that time the thread will be locked and no more pictures or paintings will be allowed. I will make this thread sticky so it stays on top in easy reach!

Enjoy.. and Have fun!!

David

Mel_Robertson
03-27-2016, 08:11 PM
Okay I'm in as soon as I've finished 'Jennie', but of course this means you have to re-paint your self too lol

just
03-27-2016, 10:01 PM
Since I can no produce any art in a week, I hope that you don't mind me using old works. The second is an acrylic painting of me at one. I painted it at 18. The first is me at 54 I drew it at 55.

Susan Mulno
03-27-2016, 10:21 PM
I don't think anyone who understands your circumstances would argue your point Just.

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 06:32 AM
That will give me only 2 days worth of spare time to do it. I have to finish my Boy Scout painting first. I'll try.

bbbaldie
03-28-2016, 06:55 AM
I'm on the right. The beautiful gal on the left is my patient wife of 33 years. :-)

TerryCurley
03-28-2016, 08:11 AM
I did this painting last year (May 2015). I'm in the foreground and my son Jason is in the background representing a thought I'm having of him. Since I have 5 paintings going right now I hope no one minds that I'm using this. It did take me about 4 days to do this one.

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 08:41 AM
That is such a beautiful painting in so many ways Terry. Makes me feel sad and happy at the same time.

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 08:44 AM
:vs_smirk:So far, no one but me will have to actually do anything. I think I'll skip this round and wait for the next one when everyone is doing something fresh.:vs_smirk:

bbbaldie
03-28-2016, 09:10 AM
:vs_smirk:So far, no one but me will have to actually do anything. I think I'll skip this round and wait for the next one when everyone is doing something fresh.:vs_smirk:

I'm getting ready for an exhibition, I'm creating with the focus that I'm building inventory. I have found a few folks crazy enough to purchase my scribblings and splashings, I know for a fact nobody is demented enough to pay for my self-portrait! ;-)

Once I get my two-month show started in three weeks, maybe I can work on something that's 100% non-commercial in nature. :-)

abt2k15
03-28-2016, 09:13 AM
you should do it tho. it is very good practise its much easier for yourself to spot mistakes. let me quote some random person from the internet :

“If you cannot capture the essence of your own self, how are you to capture the essence of someone else?” -- Bridgetbrow

leighann
03-28-2016, 10:12 AM
Well crap...I will see what I can come up with. I suck at realism, and faces, so this should be interesting.

:surprise: :vs_worry::vs_boom:

Susan Mulno
03-28-2016, 10:23 AM
Me #3 comin' up! With the move I might be busy but I'll give it a go.

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 10:25 AM
OK, if you guys are doing it, then I will.

Mel_Robertson
03-28-2016, 10:33 AM
OK, if you guys are doing it, then I will.

I was going to do it lol

leighann
03-28-2016, 10:49 AM
:vs_cry::vs_cry::vs_cry:

Bushcraftonfire
03-28-2016, 01:15 PM
Perhaps I misunderstood and jumped the gun. Seems that people were shooting for this kind of thing on another post.. and the decision was that some couldn't do it until after Easter.

Now it seems like people aren't quite as interested. And I think part of the problem is that it's a self portrait :) In honesty.. it's supposed to be something you do during this week.. not old pieces. (That doesn't mean Terry and Baldie should take theirs down) The purpose is to see how you are coming along in your skills.. not create a masterpiece. It can be a 5 minute sketch.. or a full blown piece. It can be done on a napkin.. or digital,, or painting.. doesn't matter. It's the exercise that counts.

Having said that.. I apologize for jumping the gun. Perhaps we should hold this off for a bit till people are ready. I know that everyone will never be in sync.. but right now it seems more people can't than can.. But I DO know.. when you put things off..they never get done.

Thoughts?

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 01:18 PM
Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking.

Susan Mulno
03-28-2016, 01:23 PM
I am ready when you are. :biggrin:

just
03-28-2016, 02:03 PM
I feel foolish now.

Bushcraftonfire
03-28-2016, 02:35 PM
Noooooooooo Dave.. No need to.. and you are definitely the exception to the rule Bro. I love that self portrait you did.. and your situation is understood completely. I wasn't referring to you in any way in my post

Bushcraftonfire
03-28-2016, 02:36 PM
Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking.

What exactly were you thinking Dick? :laugh:

dickhutchings
03-28-2016, 02:40 PM
Just what you said. I was thinking something that could be done in a short time. This should be something that would not take away from your other work that you want to finish. just something to do that maybe we wouldn't have thought of on our own.

TerryCurley
03-28-2016, 03:14 PM
Perhaps I misunderstood and jumped the gun. Seems that people were shooting for this kind of thing on another post.. and the decision was that some couldn't do it until after Easter.

Now it seems like people aren't quite as interested. And I think part of the problem is that it's a self portrait :) In honesty.. it's supposed to be something you do during this week.. not old pieces. (That doesn't mean Terry and Baldie should take theirs down) The purpose is to see how you are coming along in your skills.. not create a masterpiece. It can be a 5 minute sketch.. or a full blown piece. It can be done on a napkin.. or digital,, or painting.. doesn't matter. It's the exercise that counts.

Having said that.. I apologize for jumping the gun. Perhaps we should hold this off for a bit till people are ready. I know that everyone will never be in sync.. but right now it seems more people can't than can.. But I DO know.. when you put things off..they never get done.

Thoughts?

I don't have any problem with removing my self portrait from the thread, but one of you moderators will have to do, I don't have the juice anymore.

I stand with Baldie in that I want to paint paintings that I can sell and feel enthusiastic about painting. Doing a painting in a week is just about the time I need to do one but I don't want to spend the money to do one that I have no desire to keep and I can not sell. Oil paints and canvas are expensive. I could easily put off what I'm working on and take the challenge but I honestly don't want to do another self portrait.

I'll participate in the next subject --- most probably.

Bushcraftonfire
03-28-2016, 03:24 PM
Arrgh.. I said already that we understand some of you can't (don't have the time.. and you asked before and were approved Terry.) In fact, I said that in the post you quoted. No one needs to take anything down.

Having said that.. It doesn't HAVE to be in Oil Pints.. it can be a 3 minute gesture drawing in pencil (if you don't have pencils.. use a #2 school pencil) It's not meant to be a masterpiece.. just an exercise. No one is going to judge the work.. I think one of the most important things about this exercise (in my mind) is stretching out our imaginations..

Susan Mulno
03-28-2016, 03:51 PM
I am looking forward to the challenge! I think people are over thinking this thing. It is for fun and to challenge ourselves to do something we wouldn't ordinarily do, I for one have discovered that such activities can improve my abilities.

dickhutchings
03-29-2016, 02:44 PM
I don't have one yet but this seems like as good a place as any for this new Every Ones a Winner works.

leighann
03-29-2016, 02:52 PM
Right now I'm not selling a flippin thing, except the occasional sale on my Redbubble or Zazzle accounts, but that isn't selling my actual physical art, so taking a day to try , and boy is that term thrown loosely on this challenge, to draw my stupid face. :vs_OMG:

I'm with Susan Mulno , this should be fun. If the challenge is to draw a Mandala, everyone shouldn't be expected to run out and buy a bunch of supplies they will never use again.

I can tell u right now that my self portrait will look like my 7 year old neice drew it, and that's fine. I'll be laughing right along with you guys. :vs_smirk:

leighann
03-29-2016, 02:55 PM
I just posted somewhere...but this will work too. Will post mine when I put the finishing touches on ;-)

Mel_Robertson
03-29-2016, 03:36 PM
I've scrapped my horse I'll start this now:vs_awed:

leighann
03-29-2016, 08:47 PM
Please note...I absolutely HATE this piece of art, and it will be shredded, as soon as I buy a shredder. :vs_laugh:

I somehow got my left eye huge, and I could not get my mouth right either, so I just got tired of fooling with it, and called it finished.

I am also attaching my reference photo.

Susan Mulno
03-29-2016, 11:49 PM
For a first portrait it came out nicely. No one was born drawing portraits, it is a talent honed by much practiced skill.

Bushcraftonfire
03-30-2016, 02:29 AM
I'm kind of confused Dick.. Why would you begin a new thread for this when I already made a thread and made it "Sticky" so it wouldn't get lost? You even posted on it.. This is fine.. just wondering??

Not a problem anyway.. everyone have fun. And good work LA.. really nice for a first portrait! You have some great things going on.

dickhutchings
03-30-2016, 06:01 AM
I'm kind of confused Dick.. Why would you begin a new thread for this when I already made a thread and made it "Sticky" so it wouldn't get lost? You even posted on it.. This is fine.. just wondering??

Not a problem anyway.. everyone have fun. And good work LA.. really nice for a first portrait! You have some great things going on.

I'm confused as well.:biggrin:Probably more than you. That's all I've got.

I'll try to figure it out after I've had some coffee.

dickhutchings
03-30-2016, 06:46 AM
I fixed it. I thought this was just a discussion about getting this started and didn't realize this was the actual first one. I will also remove the thread I started.

dickhutchings
03-30-2016, 10:50 AM
Here's mine. took about 15 minutes. It was definitely fun to do. I'm sure I can do better but this is all I have time for right now.

dickhutchings
03-30-2016, 02:31 PM
I tried another one and spent 1 1/2 hours on it. It gets worse.33425

leighann
03-30-2016, 05:49 PM
I like yours Dick, it almost has a caricature feel to it.

I may try that again sometime in the very, very far future. :wink:

dickhutchings
03-30-2016, 06:18 PM
I like yours Dick, it almost has a caricature feel to it.

I may try that again sometime in the very, very far future. :wink:

Yeah, it has a caricature feel to it, just not this character.:biggrin: I will have to spend a lot more time on it.

TonTon
03-31-2016, 04:39 PM
Interesting , in all my years of drawing and painting I've never thought of doing a portrait of myself.

Mel_Robertson
04-01-2016, 01:03 AM
I'm finding this impossible and thats not good considering it was my idea I feel like if I can't do it I've let everyone down :vs_sad:

dickhutchings
04-01-2016, 08:40 AM
Umm... that's pure hogwash. Your standards are a little higher than some of us. Maybe you can give us an abstract meli.

Mel_Robertson
04-01-2016, 03:09 PM
I can't help it dick lool

Susan Mulno
04-02-2016, 04:48 PM
Here it is, me #3. I think #2 was better. I'll keep trying!

leighann
04-03-2016, 01:06 AM
Looks nice Susan Mulno !! :biggrin:

meli , I think your brain is getting in the way. Because the self portrait was your idea, a wall has gone up in your brain. You need to figure out how to get over that wall.

Try creating an image that portrays an emotion. It may help you leap over. :wink:

dickhutchings ...I like your portrait/ caricature...it makes me smile. :laugh::laugh:

dickhutchings
04-03-2016, 09:07 AM
Bushcraftonfire how do we start the next one? You made the first one a sticky so I'm not sure how we will name the next one.

I want to do a seascape with sailboats.

Susan Mulno
04-03-2016, 09:55 AM
I will second Dick's suggestion.