Monday, June 22, 2009

One of Many Faces

Last week, when I was almost done with this self-portrait, my husband took his first glance at it and said "no, this is not you. That look is a very rare expression. You always have a big smile" Since then my smile has been even bigger -if thats possible.

I started sketching using a mirror and then used the camera eye on my computer to snap a photograph so I had a reference photo to use in completing it. I tried warm color for underpainting on the hair and eyes and cool on the background before finishing with black grape as final layers. Some day I will try again with my big smile :)

One of Many Faces color pencils 9x12"

14 comments:

thiliMy said...

this is interesting, but I agree with Dad! the next one should be grinny :D

meera said...

Thanks Thili, now my smile is too big for the face :).

Kathy Staicer said...

It is an amazing portrait. It's hard ot believe it's in colored pencils. I had to double click on it to see the colored pencil look to it. I have never seen you before except for your photo. You do have a different look in the painting. More pensive and somber than you look in your photo.
Good job.

meera said...

Thank you so much Kathy - you made my day :) I guess thats my look when I am by myself or concentrating on sketching and painting!!!

Tina said...

I adore your self portrait. I think it is wonderful. It is done just as you set out to do it and not the least contrived. Very pleased with the work in the glasses as well, they are a suggestion of glasses and do not overpower the spirit of the subject, you. Nice work.

meera said...

Thank you, Tina, for visiting my blog and leaving a thoughtful comment --I really appreciate it! I treasure your encouragement and support.

little green mango said...

:D

Nice nice!

I'm curious - was there any particular aspect of yourself/your personality/your art that you were trying to capture?

meera said...

thanks!!! Thaats a tough question :)

greeshma said...

Hi Meera...came back to your blog after many many days....this self-portrait is very nice...as are the other paintings....very nice!! And what a really sweet thing for Kishore to say :))

meera said...

Thanks Greeshma! yes, I think that was a good comment from Kishore too. He usually says it like he sees it - and I value that :)

Liza said...

I agree....I've never seen you looking so serious. It's really well done though! What a beautiful lady!

meera said...

Thank you, Liza! :)

Sudha said...

Meera you have done an amazing job of self portrait, but you always have a smile on your face

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Sudha :) Really appreciate your comment. I guess my smile comes out when I am around people :) not when I am alone in my studio and concentrating/struggling to get the strokes right, no?

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