Friday, February 3, 2012

good news, bad news

The good news about a self portrait is that you are your own model and will pose all day long, if you want. The bad news is that the model is you. The good news is that you don't have to pay yourself. The bad news is that you have to look at yourself all day long - and you don't get paid for doing it. The good news is that as years go by, there are more and more "landmarks" in your face to work from. The bad news is that those "landmarks" are actually wrinkles. But I will end with a surprising piece of good news: to be honest, it is a lot more interesting to paint an older face than a younger one. So there you go.


Bill Sharp said...

Gorgeous face and painting, Sarah. I do a lot of self portraits ( at least once a year near my birthday) so I know what you're talking about.

Really lovely piece.

Erik van Elven said...

What a sensitive, beautiful portrait Sarah. It's been many years since I've done a self portrait, I should do one again in the near future. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful self portrait!

Tom Ellis said...

Sarah, you are 'way too hard on yourself as subject, but the portrait is excellent as a painting. Everyone should know that it is a brilliant piece of fiction.


Ashton Applewhite said...

I was just writing the other day that growing older is so interesting. as is your face. which is no insult; far from it. I also like Ann's comment that self-portrait is fiction - or at least profoundly subjective "fact."