Self-portrait in Stream

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This was a really fun experiment. It’s (8″ x 24″) acrylic on plywood like many of my paintings, but it takes a different approach than most of my work. I sketched a scene entirely from my imagination without the aid of a photograph or any other visualization (that’s a first), I painted quickly (another first), used bold colors, and didn’t fuss over things (and another first). I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Maybe I’ll do some more like this.

It all started with a sketch done with a Sharpie on a piece of gesso’d scrap plywood…

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Quickly dash in some sky and purple mountains…

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Keeping the colors bold, add some foothills and a stream bank …

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Add some water…

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And a few trees…

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Finally, put myself fishing in the stream to complete the self-portrait…

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