The second Life Book lesson of the week turned out to be a bit of a labour of love. The lesson was taken by Tamara Laporte and the idea was to create a self-portrait as the focal image of a piece all about dreams and affirmations.
As I explained recently, I am not averse to creating self-portraits as they are very good practice. However, I don’t like to work on them too frequently so I decided to make a little twist on the theme and paint a portrait of me as a child. I used a photograph of myself when I was three. That is a time for limitless dreams after all. I also borrowed ideas from my own art journal page as the inspiration for elements of this painting. There were lots of layers and processes going on in this piece. Because I work in fits and starts, it felt like it was taking me ages to get it anywhere.
I am not sure how I feel about this piece. I think it probably needs more work to pull it completely out of the “ugly stage” but I was in danger of turning areas into mud or pilling the paper by over-working the layers so I had to step away from it and leave it be. Frankly, I also ran out of time to devote to it. I can see that it does very much look like little me so that is a plus. I have also learned a lot from the things that went right and the things that went awry. Ultimately, I think this piece is probably too personal for me to be able to have any objectivity.