I framed my self-portrait. Feels weird to have framed art that is of ME. There truly is a part of me in all of my art. Sometimes in vague ways, sometimes in obvious ones. But to look at my own face hanging on the wall is…strange. Maybe I am worried that it is pretentious or narcissistic? Maybe it is a measure of my comfort level with myself? But truly, I create art that says something about my life experience always. My call to create is a call to express. And to do that, it helps to embrace the idea of myself as a creator. My self-portrait is a portrait of me, the creator. Me, the symbolist. Me, with flaws. Me, the work in progress. Framing this piece is also a way of embracing myself.
I am currently reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, just about finished with Book #4, Wizard and Glass. I am listening to the audiobook narration by Frank Muller (He is excellent and I am so sad that he dies before he finished the rest of the series!). There is this rhyme in the story:
‘Bird and bear and hare and fish, give my love her fondest wish.’
That line had been bouncing around in my brain the last few days and I was inspired to begin this piece. I am working in pastel on toned paper. This is still in progress, but I just found out that there will be an animal theme at one of the galleries in our local June Art Walk, so I guess that gives me some incentive and a deadline to finish it!
I needed to put my large painting in progress aside the other day and take a break. I had been looking at it too long to see it properly at that moment. But I still wanted to paint. This is what happened…Not sure where I am going with it yet but I think she’s leading me somewhere…