Painting again, and Studio Clearance

Wow, almost a year since my last post here, and the end of the 100 heads challenge, during which I was solely working on my drawing skills. Almost immediately after that, I started painting again, and it’s been nice getting to grips with colour again.

Here are a few of my oil painting studies from the last year, including portrait studies of Kim Jung Gi and Aleah Chapin:

I also did a new self portrait, featuring our dog, Luna:

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Man and Beast. Oils on panel, 8×8 inches.

And I recently finished this study of the “Iceman”, Wim Hof, which I’m especially pleased with:

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The Iceman, Wim Hof

Studio Clearance Sale

I’m in the process of clearing out my attic studio, and I’ve got a ton of various paintings and studies lying around that I’m keen to get rid of. I’ll be listing these for sale on my site soon, but in the meantime, if you see anything you like either here or on my Instagram page, you can send me an email, or DM me on Instagram to discuss, and I can put it aside for you until it’s ready to sell.

Now, on to the next painting!

The art of the Selfie

Anyone who draws or paints portraits has most likely done their fair share of self portraits. While it may seem to some like an exercise in narcissism, it is in fact mainly a matter of convenience. It’s not easy to find people willing to sit still for several hours while you draw them, so it makes sense to draw the one person who is guaranteed to be sitting still for as long as it takes!

It also makes for a decent profile picture!

I drew a new self portrait recently, and I thought I’d share a few others that I’ve done over the years, in a variety of different styles and media:

It’s always interesting to see with each new self portrait, how I’ve developed in my drawing/painting ability, as well as how I’ve aged! Look at those long flowing locks I used to have 😦

I think it might be fun to do a new selfie every year around my birthday. Maybe I’ll try an oil portrait next time.