Monday, July 27, 2009
Only Gypsies and Peasants
The name of this self-portrait is "Only Gypsies and Peasants" and comes from a statement that my grandmother made when I had my ears pierced at an early age. My grandmother was from the "old school" and strongly disapproved of me getting my ears pierced and her statement to me at that time was that only gypsies and peasants pierced their ears. She was from a different time.
I painted this self-portrait for another website - Watercolor Passion, and the challenge for this project is self-portraits this quarter. It ended up depicting me a good 20 years younger ... now this couldn't have been on purpose, but for some reasons the wrinkles kept disappearing magically, so who am I to try to change karma? Right? It is 1/4 sheet of Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper and was painted mostly wet on dry in an impressionistic manner.